It may not be legally or technically, but morally, he accepted a bribe.
Two counts of conspiracy to bribe public officials from 2002-2005.
Note to selves: corner the market on Chinese tea, then bribe the government to criminalize it.
That we can have an idea and start our own business without paying a bribe or hearing a sudden knock on the door.
That sum includes a very recent addition of $4.1 billion, which the White House hoped would seal their bribe.
Whereupon he stopped and looking at me sharply asked if I knew how to bribe.
No bribe—and he was shameless in his offers—could wring more than that from her.
Now, it seems, you are willing to bribe the only dangerous witness.
You, with the impudence of your class, think you can come to me and bribe me to betray my employer.
So take my advice, and bribe Sheikhs and chiefs to any extent.
late 14c., "thing stolen," from Old French bribe "bit, piece, hunk; morsel of bread given to beggars" (14c., cf. Old French bribeor "vagrant, beggar"), from briber, brimber "to beg," a general Romanic word (Gamillscheg marks it as Rotwelsch, i.e. "thieves' jargon"), of uncertain origin; old sources suggest Celtic (cf. Breton breva "to break"). Shift of meaning to "gift given to influence corruptly" is by mid-15c.
late 14c., "pilfer, steal," also "practice extortion," from Old French briber "go begging," from bribe (see bribe (n.)). Related: Bribed; bribing.
None to be taken; "for the gift maketh open eyes blind, and perverteth the cause of the righteous" (Ex. 23:8, literally rendered).