• WordNet 3.6
    • n bribery the practice of offering something (usually money) in order to gain an illicit advantage
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Virginia Code (1930) has a statute: "To prohibit corrupt practices or bribery by any person other than candidates."
    • Bribery Robbery; extortion.
    • Bribery The act or practice of giving or taking bribes; the act of influencing the official or political action of another by corrupt inducements.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bribery Theft; robbery; extortion; rapacity.
    • n bribery The act or practice of giving or taking a bribe, or of influencing or being influenced by a bribe or bribes; especially, the act of paying or receiving, or of agreeing to pay or receive, a reward other than legal compensation for the exercise of official or delegated power irrespective of the dictates of duty, or for a false judgment or testimony, or for the performance of that which is known to be illegal or unjust.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Bribery the act of giving or taking bribes
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. brybery, rascality, OF. briberie,. See Bribe (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. bribe, a lump of bread; origin dub.


In literature:

The bribery that took place on both sides and all sides was really frightful.
"Recollections of Old Liverpool" by A Nonagenarian
A little bribery will probably have considerable effect.
"The Ferryman of Brill" by William H. G. Kingston
Of course, as is to be expected, there is much bribery and corruption in all departments of Government.
"Fred Markham in Russia" by W. H. G. Kingston
The service was indebted to this species of bribery for the officer in question.
"The King's Own" by Captain Frederick Marryat
It is a kind of bribery.
"Twice Bought" by R.M. Ballantyne
That would be bribery.
"Agatha's Husband A Novel" by Dinah Maria Craik (AKA: Dinah Maria Mulock)
They were all Baggara Arabs, men who were beyond either pity or bribery.
"A Desert Drama Being The Tragedy Of The "Korosko"" by A. Conan Doyle
The monosyllable which designates her has a vague and extended signification; it means both reward and bribery.
"A Literary History of the English People" by Jean Jules Jusserand
Intrigue, bribery and calumny, personal jealousy and racial prejudice are the ordinary means with which the game is played.
"The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 1" by Henry Baerlein
A delicate webwork of forgery, bribery, chicanery and falsehood.
"The Misplaced Battleship" by Harry Harrison (AKA Henry Maxwell Dempsey)

In news:

Law forbids bribery of foreign officials.
Hours after resigning from the state Senate, disgraced Brooklyn pol Carl Kruger wept in federal court Tuesday as he admitted to a slate of bribery-related charges.
WASHINGTON — A former Army major has been sentenced to 18 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution for his role in a bribery scheme at a military camp in Kuwait .
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is fighting bribery in Liberia .
Former Sen Mike Morgan faces up to 10 years in prison when he's sentenced Jan 8 for bribery.
Federal prosecutors calling Oklahoma lobbyist 's actions bribery in Mike Morgan case.
Prosecutors call Edmond lobbyist 's actions bribery.
Prosecutors call lobbyist 's payment to senator bribery
One of China's most ingenious bribery schemes: the professional poker loser .
Wal- Mart 's disclosure of lobbying activities morphs into talk of bribery in India.
Maverick County official charged in bribery scheme.
Maverick County Commissioner Eliaz Maldonado surrenders to FBI on bribery, fraud charges.
A Maverick County commissioner surrendered to federal authorities Thursday morning, after a federal grand jury indicted him on bribery and fraud charges.
Maverick County worker charged in bribery case.
Kelly Yaede hopes to succeed former Mayor John Bencivengo following his conviction this week on bribery charges and his resignation courtesy photo.

In science:

Question (constructive bribery): Is it possible to make p a winner of the E election by changing the preference profiles of at most q voters in V .
The Complexity of Manipulating $k$-Approval Elections
Question (destructive bribery): Is it possible to make p not a winner of the E election by changing the preference profiles of at most q voters in V .
The Complexity of Manipulating $k$-Approval Elections
As in the cases of manipulation, bribery is also defined for cases of weighted voters.
The Complexity of Manipulating $k$-Approval Elections
As above, we denote this problem E -weighted-bribery.
The Complexity of Manipulating $k$-Approval Elections
In this case, q is our budget, and we want to achieve our goal (constructive or destructive bribery) by spending at most q in our bribery.
The Complexity of Manipulating $k$-Approval Elections