Perhaps you would be willing to give me the name of this briber, Mr. Hatch?
briber and grafter are now 'good men,' and would have passed for virtuous in the American community of seventy years ago.
And then the latter man has the briber so much at advantage.
André was a spy and briber, who sought to ruin the American cause by means of the treachery of an American general.
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.