bribery

[ brahy-buh-ree ]
/ ˈbraɪ bə ri /

noun, plural brib·er·ies.

the act or practice of giving or accepting a bribe: Bribery of a public official is a felony.

Nearby words

  1. briard,
  2. briareus,
  3. briarroot,
  4. briarwood,
  5. bribe,
  6. bric-a-brac,
  7. brice,
  8. brice, fanny,
  9. bricht,
  10. brick

Origin of bribery

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

Can be confusedbribery extortion

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British Dictionary definitions for bribery

bribery

/ (ˈbraɪbərɪ) /

noun plural -eries

the process of giving or taking bribes
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Word Origin and History for bribery

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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