bribe

Definitions

  • THE BRIBE
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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v bribe make illegal payments to in exchange for favors or influence "This judge can be bought"
    • n bribe payment made to a person in a position of trust to corrupt his judgment
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: William Fox, the founder of 20th Century Fox, was bankrupt a few years after selling his studio, and served a prison sentence in Pennsylvania for bribing a judge.
    • Bribe A gift begged; a present.
    • Bribe 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 trust. "Undue reward for anything against justice is a bribe ."
    • Bribe That which seduces; seduction; allurement. "Not the bribes of sordid wealth can seduce to leave these everblooming sweets."
    • Bribe To commit robbery or theft.
    • Bribe To gain by a bribe; of induce as by a bribe.
    • Bribe 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.""The bard may supplicate, but cannot bribe ."
    • Bribe 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."
    • Bribe To rob or steal.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bribe A gift begged; a present.
    • n bribe A gift or gratuity bestowed for the purpose of influencing the action or conduct of the receiver; especially, money or any valuable consideration given or promised for the betrayal of a trust or the corrupt performance of an allotted duty, as to a fiduciary agent, a judge, legislator, or other public officer, a witness, a voter, etc.
    • n bribe Anything that seduces: as, the bribes offered by glory or power.
    • bribe To steal.
    • bribe To give or promise a reward or consideration to for acting contrary to desire or duty; induce to a certain course of action by the gift or offer of something of value; gain over or corrupt by a bribe.
    • bribe To steal.
    • bribe To practise bribery; give a bribe to a person.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bribe brīb something given to influence unduly the judgment or corrupt the conduct: allurement
    • v.t Bribe to influence by a bribe: to gain over
    • v.i Bribe to practise bribery
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Quotations

  • Robert H. Jackson
    Robert H. Jackson
    “Men are more often bribed by their loyalties and ambitions than by money.”
  • Gottfried Reinhardt
    Gottfried Reinhardt
    “Money is good for bribing yourself through the inconveniences of life.”
  • John Webster
    John Webster
    “When I go to hell, I mean to carry a bribe: for look you, good gifts evermore make way for the worst persons.”
  • Humbert Wolfe
    Humbert Wolfe
    “You cannot hope to bribe or twist (thank God!) the British journalist. But, seeing what the man will do unbribed, there's no occasion to.”
  • Miguel De Cervantes
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    “When the severity of the law is to be softened, let pity, not bribes, be the motive.”
  • Thornton Wilder
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    “Marriage is a bribe to make a housekeeper think she's a householder.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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

Usage

In literature:

I fancied he might be bribed.
"Bidwell's Travels, from Wall Street to London Prison" by Austin Biron Bidwell
Iskender had bribed Aflatun and Faris; Iskender had lamed his horse; Iskender had set on the soldiers to despoil him.
"The Valley of the Kings" by Marmaduke Pickthall
We are lucky to have wrested, bribed and begged as many favors from the lords as we have.
"Adaptation" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
A bribe, and to betray the confidence of my employer!
"Behind the Scenes" by Elizabeth Keckley
I wouldn't bribe a fly.
"At Good Old Siwash" by George Fitch
Fox set about the business of securing a majority in the commons by bribing members.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
They preferred to wheedle her, to try to buy her, bribe her, corrupt her, body and soul.
"The Drama Of Three Hundred & Sixty-Five Days Scenes In The Great War - 1915" by Hall Caine
The other party no doubt would bribe.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
Could I not bribe some of the sailors to let me go about the deck?
"The Boy Tar" by Mayne Reid
She felt quite glad of this, for Penelope might always be bribed.
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade
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In poetry:

Whose soul in usury disdains
His treasure to employ;
Whom no reward can ever bribe
The guiltless to destroy.
"A Gentleman" by Horatius Bonar
Yield not, though cunning Satan bribe,
Or like a lion roar;
The Lion strong of Judah's tribe,
Thy Husband goes before.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter I." by Ralph Erskine
No Moslem heaven for him who falls,
A bribed requital doles;
And while ye save your country,--ye,
Alas! may lose your souls!
"Beechenbrook - VII" by Margaret Junkin Preston
PRIOR.
Boy! your bribes touch not, nor your curses shake
The minister of Christ. Yet I will bear
Your message to the Landgrave.
"The Dance To Death. Act II" by Emma Lazarus
And I'm one for doing my duty
Whoever the woman may be
And there's no bribing me with a 'Fiver'
Nothing les than a shilling for me.
"The Sergeant's Overcoat (Or The Policeman That Nearly Got Caught)" by Billy Bennett
The seats in heaven are for the just,
And neither bought nor sold:
God is not bribed with granite dust,
As men are bribed with gold.
"St. Coutts's" by Ernest Jones

In news:

Federal prosecutors announced charges Thursday against four officers from a South Texas anti-drug task force who they say took thousands of dollars in bribes to guard large shipments of cocaine .
Federal prosecutors announced charges Thursday against four officers from a South Texas anti-drug task force who they say took thousands of dollars in bribes to help guard large shipments of cocaine .
It pays kickbacks and bribes.
The American Association of Medical Colleges recently released a long-awaited report recommending that pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers knock off their efforts to bribe medical students and faculty.
A New Orleans businessman pleaded guilty Wednesday of bribing a public official.
The El Dorado County DA's office says they are dropping charges against the man accused of bribing a South Lake Tahoe City councilwoman .
Armstrong, 38, and coach Johan Bruyneel, 45, bribed an official to toss test results that showed the cycling great was blood doping.
Daimler to Settle With US on Bribes.
Bribes paid by its business executives abroad not tax deductible .
Russia Tells Executives Paying Bribes Abroad Isn't Deductible .
A young defector 's story highlights the weakness of the Assad regime, including military officers taking rebel bribes and sectarian divisions pitting Syrian against Syrian.
Thoughtful bribes for AP students.
A former Pontiac city councilman was indicted on charges he pocketed $40,000 in bribes to help a - 2:04 pm.
The El Dorado County DA's office says they are dropping charges against the man accused of bribing a South Lake Tahoe City councilwoman.
Patricia Migliaccio, the investigator, allegedly requested a bribe to help Tina Thi Vo pass her state-mandated licensing test.
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In science:

Also without loss of generality, we will not bribe any voters to veto p.
The Complexity of Manipulating $k$-Approval Elections
The votes chosen does not matter, since we are removing vetoes from candidates who will not beat p, and we are bribing the maximum number of votes feasible.
The Complexity of Manipulating $k$-Approval Elections
We wish to ensure the victory of p by bribing at most q voters.
The Complexity of Manipulating $k$-Approval Elections
We first observe that, without loss of generality, we will only bribe voters that do not approve of p.
The Complexity of Manipulating $k$-Approval Elections
Thus, for each c ∈ C2 , we must bribe at least −def (c) voters who currently approve of c.
The Complexity of Manipulating $k$-Approval Elections
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