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bribery

[brahy-buh-ree] /ˈbraɪ bə ri/
noun, plural briberies.
1.
the act or practice of giving or accepting a bribe:
Bribery of a public official is a felony.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English briberie theft < Middle French: begging. See bribe, -ery
Can be confused
bribery, extortion.
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Examples from the web for bribery
  • 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.
  • While other countries may make use of bribes, in no other country is government itself so hampered by formal, legal bribery.
  • Convincing customers to upgrade to your latest operating system is usually an exercise in marketing, education and bribery.
  • He did not specify any concrete proposals put forward at the meeting to curb bribery.
  • Others argue that bribery by leading business groups remains deeply rooted and that no president has had the courage to tackle it.
  • We were also at fault for letting police bribery as a natural thing.
  • Over the years, he has been tried more than a dozen times for fraud, false accounting or bribery.
British Dictionary definitions for bribery

bribery

/ˈbraɪbərɪ/
noun (pl) -eries
1.
the process of giving or taking bribes
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Word Origin and History for bribery
n.

late 14c., "theft, robbery, swindling, pilfering;" see bribe (n.) + -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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