bribe
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, morsel given to a beggar, bribe, from Anglo-French, morsel Date: 15th century 1. money or favor given or promised in order to influence the judgment or conduct of a person in a position of trust 2. something that serves to induce or influence II. verb (bribed; bribing) Date: 1528 transitive verb to induce or influence by or as if by bribery intransitive verb to practice bribery • bribable adjectivebribee nounbriber noun

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  • bribe — bribe …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • bribe — [ brib ] n. f. • XIVe; probablt d un rad. expressif 1 ♦ Vieilli Menu morceau, petite quantité. ⇒ fragment, parcelle. « Et plus une bribe de tabac » (Martin du Gard). 2 ♦ Fig. Des bribes de conversations, de phrases, de souvenirs. « j avais appris …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • bribe — 1 n: a benefit (as money) given, promised, or offered in order to influence the judgment or conduct of a person in a position of trust (as an official or witness) compare kickback bribe 2 vt bribed, brib·ing: to influence (a person) by giving a… …   Law dictionary

  • Bribe — Bribe, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bribed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Bribing}.] 1. To rob or steal. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. To give or promise a reward or consideration to (a judge, juror, legislator, voter, or other person in a position of trust)… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bribe — Bribe, v. i. 1. To commit robbery or theft. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. 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. [1913 Webster] An attempt to bribe,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bribe — BRIBE. s. f. Gros morceau de pain, Une bribe de pain. une grosse bribe de pain. il a mangé une bribe de pain bis. Bribe, Se dit aussi par extension, des morceaux de viande que les valets serrent, que l on donne à ceux qui demandent l aumosne. Ce… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Bribe — (br[imac]b), n. [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.] 1. A gift begged; a present. [Obs.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bribe — BRIBE. s. f. Gros morceau de pain. Une bribe de pain. Il a mangé une bribe de pain bis. Il est populaire.Bribes, au pluriel, se dit par extension et familièrement, Des morceaux de viande que les valets serrent, ou que l on donne à ceux qui… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • bribe — [brīb] n. [ME < OFr, morsel of bread given to beggars < briber, to beg] 1. anything, esp. money, given or promised to induce a person to do something illegal or wrong 2. anything given or promised to induce a person to do something against… …   English World dictionary

  • bribe — bribe; bribe·able; …   English syllables

  • bribe — [n] payoff to influence illegal or wrong activity allurement, bait, blackmail, buyoff, compensation, contract, corrupting gift, corrupt money, enticement, envelope*, feedbag*, fringe benefit, gift, goody*, graft, gratuity, gravy*, grease*, hush… …   New thesaurus

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