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bribe

[brahyb] /braɪb/
noun
1.
money or any other valuable consideration given or promised with a view to corrupting the behavior of a person, especially in that person's performance as an athlete, public official, etc.:
The motorist offered the arresting officer a bribe to let him go.
2.
anything given or serving to persuade or induce:
The children were given candy as a bribe to be good.
verb (used with object), bribed, bribing.
3.
to give or promise a bribe to:
They bribed the reporter to forget about what he had seen.
4.
to influence or corrupt by a bribe:
The judge was too honest to be bribed.
verb (used without object), bribed, bribing.
5.
to give a bribe; practice bribery.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French: remnant of food given as alms, said to be < an expressive base *bri(m)b- denoting something small
Related forms
bribable, bribeable, adjective
bribability, bribeability, noun
bribee, noun
briber, noun
outbribe, verb (used with object), outbribed, outbribing.
unbribable, adjective
unbribably, adverb
unbribed, adjective
unbribing, adjective
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Examples from the web for bribes
  • The inducements are not gifts, but are bribes, once again.
  • While other countries may make use of bribes, in no other country is government itself so hampered by formal, legal bribery.
  • The wonderful thing about these positions for the retirees is that they create a steady income through taking bribes.
  • And officials often extort bribes from pullers by threatening to confiscate their vehicles.
  • IN struggles for political emancipation, everybody knows how often its champions are bought off by bribes, or daunted by terrors.
  • It carries on controversy, not with reasons, but with threats and bribes.
  • Discussions of corruption also need to go beyond discussions of bribes and diversions of public funds.
  • bribes for grades and admission are common, and the teaching culture emphasizes rote memorization and dictation from textbooks.
  • Stories are rampant about administrators' illegally renting out office space and professors' trading bribes for grades.
  • They had already fulfilled their obligations, so it was clear these weren't bribes but true offerings of grateful thanks.
British Dictionary definitions for bribes

bribe

/braɪb/
verb
1.
to promise, offer, or give something, usually money, to (a person) to procure services or gain influence, esp illegally
noun
2.
a reward, such as money or favour, given or offered for this purpose
3.
any persuasion or lure
4.
a length of flawed or damaged cloth removed from the main piece
Derived Forms
bribable, bribeable, adjective
briber, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French briber to beg, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for bribes

bribe

n.

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.

v.

late 14c., "pilfer, steal," also "practice extortion," from Old French briber "go begging," from bribe (see bribe (n.)). Related: Bribed; bribing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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bribes in the Bible

None to be taken; "for the gift maketh open eyes blind, and perverteth the cause of the righteous" (Ex. 23:8, literally rendered).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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