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[brahy-buh-ree] /ˈbraɪ bə ri/
noun, plural briberies.
the act or practice of giving or accepting a bribe:
Bribery of a public official is a felony.
Origin of bribery
1350-1400; Middle English briberie theft < Middle French: begging. See bribe, -ery
Can be confused
bribery, extortion. Unabridged
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  • All the officials are on their guard; they are highly placed, and are not likely to be got at by bribery.

  • You can't close the Lane by that kind of bribery, Mr. Colton.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
  • As for the other palace servants, they had been silenced with bribery or the stiletto.

    The Martian Cabal Roman Frederick Starzl
  • The single sentry he could suborn, or else—if bribery failed—poniard.

    Love-at-Arms Raphael Sabatini
  • bribery had sealed his lips, and only greed would open them.

    The Crevice

    William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander
British Dictionary definitions for bribery


noun (pl) -eries
the process of giving or taking bribes
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bribery

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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