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Meaning of BRIBE

Pronunciation:  brIb

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  payment made to a person in a position of trust to corrupt his judgment
  2. [v]  make illegal payments to in exchange for favors or influence; "This judge can be bought"

BRIBE is a 5 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: buy, corrupt, payoff
 See Also: buy off, hush money, kickback, pay, pay off, payment, payola, soap, sop



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Bribe\, n. [F. bribe a lump of bread, scraps, leavings of
    meals (that are generally given to a beggar), LL. briba scrap
    of bread; cf. OF. briber, brifer, to eat gluttonously, to
    beg, and OHG. bilibi food.]
    1. A gift begged; a present. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
    2. A price, reward, gift, or favor bestowed or promised with
       a view to prevent the judgment or corrupt the conduct of a
       judge, witness, voter, or other person in a position of
             Undue reward for anything against justice is a
             bribe.                                --Hobart.
    3. That which seduces; seduction; allurement.
             Not the bribes of sordid wealth can seduce to leave
             these ever?blooming sweets.           --Akenside.
  2. \Bribe\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bribed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To rob or steal. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
    2. To give or promise a reward or consideration to (a judge,
       juror, legislator, voter, or other person in a position of
       trust) with a view to prevent the judgment or corrupt the
       conduct; to induce or influence by a bribe; to give a
       bribe to.
             Neither is he worthy who bribes a man to vote
             against his conscience.               --F. W.
    3. To gain by a bribe; of induce as by a bribe.
  3. \Bribe\, v. i.
    1. To commit robbery or theft. [Obs.]
    2. To give a bribe to a person; to pervert the judgment or
       corrupt the action of a person in a position of trust, by
       some gift or promise.
             An attempt to bribe, though unsuccessful, has been
             holden to be criminal, and the offender may be
             indicted.                             --Bouvier.
             The bard may supplicate, but cannot bribe.
Easton Bible Dictionary

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

Thesaurus Terms
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