bribery

[brahy-buh-ree]
noun, plural briberies.
the act or practice of giving or accepting a bribe: Bribery of a public official is a felony.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English briberie theft < Middle French: begging. See bribe, -ery

bribery, extortion.
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bribery (ˈbraɪbərɪ)
 
n , pl -eries
the process of giving or taking bribes

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bribery
late 14c., "theft, robbery," from bribe (q.v.) + -ery. Specifically of magistrates taking money for corrupted services from mid-16c.; sense of "offering of a bribe" is from 1560s.
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Example sentences
Sixteen people who are accused of paying for vouchers have been charged with
  bribery.
So the university instead turned to low-level bribery.
He charged ten people with bribery and defrauding the state.
Deconstruct the events leading to this tragedy and find out how bribery and
  corruption virtually guaranteed the disaster.
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