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Definition of Bribe


  1. A gift begged; a present.
  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 trust.
  3. That which seduces; seduction; allurement.
  4. To rob or steal.
  5. 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. To gain by a bribe; of induce as by a bribe.
  7. To commit robbery or theft.
  8. 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.

Bribe Quotations

The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money.
Alexis de Tocqueville

Never underestimate the effectiveness of a straight cash bribe.
Claud Cockburn

Though the bribe be small, yet the fault is great.
Edward Coke

It is essential to seek out enemy agents who have come to conduct espionage against you and to bribe them to serve you. Give them instructions and care for them. Thus doubled agents are recruited and used.
Sun Tzu

Love has its own time, its own season, and its own reasons from coming and going. You cannot bribe it or coerce it or reason it into staying. You can only embrace it when it arrives and give it away when it comes to you.
Kent Nerburn
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Bribe Translations

bribe in Afrikaans is bederf
bribe in Dutch is bederven, verbasteren, omkopen
bribe in French is corrompre
bribe in German is bestechen, Bestechung, bestechen
bribe in Spanish is sobornar, soborno
bribe in Swedish is muta