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EtymologyEdit

From Old French briber (go begging).

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bribe (plural bribes)

  1. Something (usually money) given in exchange for influence or as an inducement to dishonesty.
    • Hobart
      Undue reward for anything against justice is a bribe.
  2. That which seduces; seduction; allurement.
    • Akenside
      Not the bribes of sordid wealth can seduce to leave these everblooming sweets.
    • Remy, this was a bribe! Our whole marriage has been nothing but a series of bribes! - Stuart Graff, Earthquake

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bribe (third-person singular simple present bribes, present participle bribing, simple past and past participle bribed)

  1. (transitive) To give a bribe to; specifically, to ask a person to do something, usually against his/her will, in exchange for some type of reward or relief from potential trouble.
    • F. W. Robertson
      Neither is he worthy who bribes a man to vote against his conscience.
  2. (transitive) To gain by a bribe; to induce as by a bribe.
    to bribe somebody's compliance

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Imitative.

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bribe f (plural bribes)

  1. (obsolete) crumb (of bread)
  2. scrap, bit

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