What does Bribe mean?

Definitions for Bribe

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bribe, payoffverb

    payment made to a person in a position of trust to corrupt his judgment

  2. bribe, corrupt, buy, grease one's palmsverb

    make illegal payments to in exchange for favors or influence

    "This judge can be bought"


  1. bribenoun

    Something (usually money) given in exchange for influence or as an inducement to dishonesty.

  2. bribeverb

    To give a bribe to.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. BRIBEnoun

    A reward given to pervert the judgment, or corrupt the conduct.

    Etymology: Bribe, in French, originally signifies a piece of bread, and is applied to any piece taken from the rest; it is therefore likely, that a bribe originally signified, among us, a share of any thing unjustly got.

    You have condemn’d and noted Lucius Pella,
    For taking bribes here of the Sardians. William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar.

    Nor less may Jupiter to gold ascribe,
    When he turn’d himself into a bribe. Edmund Waller.

    If a man be covetous, profits or bribes may put him to the test. Roger L'Estrange.

    There’s joy when to wild will you laws prescribe,
    When you bid fortune carry back her bribe. Dryden.

  2. To Bribeverb

    To gain by bribes; to give bribes, rewards, or hire, to bad purposes. It is seldom, and not properly, used in a good sense.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    How pow’rful are chaste vows! the wind and tide
    You brib’d to combat on the English side. Dryden.


  1. bribe

    Bribery is the offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting of any item of value to influence the actions of an official, or other person, in charge of a public or legal duty. With regard to governmental operations, essentially, bribery is "Corrupt solicitation, acceptance, or transfer of value in exchange for official action." Gifts of money or other items of value which are otherwise available to everyone on an equivalent basis, and not for dishonest purposes, is not bribery. Offering a discount or a refund to all purchasers is a legal rebate and is not bribery. For example, it is legal for an employee of a Public Utilities Commission involved in electric rate regulation to accept a rebate on electric service that reduces their cost for electricity, when the rebate is available to other residential electric customers. However, giving a discount specifically to that employee to influence them to look favorably on the electric utility's rate increase applications would be considered bribery. A bribe is an illegal or unethical gift or lobbying effort bestowed to influence the recipient's conduct. It may be money, goods, rights in action, property, preferment, privilege, emolument, objects of value, advantage, or merely a promise to induce or influence the action, vote, or influence of a person in an official or public capacity.The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 16 has a target to substantially reduce corruption and bribery of all forms as part of international effort aimed at ensuring peace, justice and strong institutions.Everything in our society goes through changes that brings long-lasting positive or negative complications. Similar has been the case with bribery, which brought negative changes to societal norms as well as to trade. The researchers found that when bribery becomes part of social norms, then one approach is not enough to tackle bribery due to the existence of different societies in different countries. If severe punishment works in one country, it doesn’t necessarily mean that severe punishment would work in another country to prevent bribery. Also, the research found that bribery plays a significant role in public private firms around the world.


  1. bribe

    A bribe is a sum of money or other valuable goods or services offered or given to a person in power or authority with the intention to influence their decisions or actions unethically or illegally in favor of the giver. It serves as an incentive to persuade or manipulate the behavior of politicians, judges, law enforcers, or any individuals in a position to have an impact on one's interests.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bribenoun

    a gift begged; a present

  2. Bribenoun

    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

  3. Bribenoun

    that which seduces; seduction; allurement

  4. Bribeverb

    to rob or steal

  5. Bribeverb

    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

  6. Bribeverb

    to gain by a bribe; of induce as by a bribe

  7. Bribeverb

    to commit robbery or theft

  8. Bribeverb

    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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bribe

    brīb, n. something given to influence unduly the judgment or corrupt the conduct: allurement.—v.t. to influence by a bribe: to gain over.—v.i. to practise bribery.—ns. Brib′er, one who bribes; Brib′ery, the act of giving or taking bribes; Brib′ery-oath, an oath taken by an elector that he has not been bribed. [O. Fr. bribe, a lump of bread; origin dub.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Bribe in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Bribe in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Bribe in a Sentence

  1. The FBI:

    The incarcerated fraudsters — who typically bribe guards to acquire cell phones — would choose an affluent area such as Beverly Hills, California, they would search the Internet to learn the correct area code and telephone dialing prefix. Then, with nothing but time on their hands, they would start dialing numbers in sequence, trolling for victims.

  2. Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula:

    South Africa did not pay any bribe nor did it illegally obtain the right to host the World Cup.

  3. Annie Clark:

    Bribery will not work on Senator Senator Collins, extortion will not work on Senator Collins. And anybody who thinks these tactics would work on Senator Collins obviously doesn't know Senator Collins. This crowdedfunded money to pressure Senator Collins is based on a quid pro quo -- you vote the way we want and we will keep more than a million dollars away from your opponent -- vote against us and we give Senator Collins the money. It is basically a bribe. Senator Collins will make up Senator Collins mind based on the merits of the nomination. Threats or other attempts to bully Senator Collins will not play a factor in Senator Collins decision making whatsoever.

  4. Nancy Pelosi:

    The bribe is to grant or withhold military assistance in return for a public statement of a fake investigation into the elections. That's bribery.

  5. Erik Pevernagie:

    If we want to judge the solidity of the democratic level of a country, it is useful to look at the Bribe Payers' Index (BPI). ( “Bribe payers' index” )

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  • رشوة, رشاArabic
  • ришүәтBashkir
  • подкупвам, рушвет, подкупBulgarian
  • uplatit, úplatek, podplatitCzech
  • bestikkeDanish
  • bestechen, kaufen, schmieren, Schmiergeld, BestechungsgeldGerman
  • δωροδοκία, δωροδοκώ, δωροληψίαGreek
  • koruptiEsperanto
  • cohechar, sobornar, alfadía, coima, soborno, cohecho, matraca, mordidaSpanish
  • pistis, altkäemaksEstonian
  • رشوه دادن, رشوهPersian
  • lahjoa, lahjusFinnish
  • soudoyer, pot-de-vin, corrompre, verserFrench
  • שוחד, לשחדHebrew
  • megvesztegetésHungarian
  • կաշառք, կաշառելArmenian
  • suap, menyuap, menyogok, sogokanIndonesian
  • mútaIcelandic
  • offrire, tangenteItalian
  • 賄賂Japanese
  • ქრთამი, ქრთამის მიცემაGeorgian
  • សំណូកKhmer
  • 뇌물Korean
  • ສິນບົນLao
  • kukulis, kukuļotLatvian
  • whakapati, moni whakapati, koha whakapatiMāori
  • smeergeld, omkopen, steekpenningDutch
  • dawać łapówkę, łapówkaPolish
  • subornar, suborno, propinaPortuguese
  • взятка, давать взятку, подкупать, подкупRussian
  • потплатити, potplátiti, подмитити, podmititi, mítiti, митити, míto, ми́то, potkúpiti, поткупитиSerbo-Croatian
  • dusör, mutaSwedish
  • rushwa, chai, mlungula, hongoSwahili
  • లంచముTelugu
  • สินบนThai
  • rüşvet, rüşvet vermekTurkish
  • رشوتUrdu
  • אונטערקויפֿן, שמיר, שמירןYiddish
  • 贿赂Chinese

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