Bribe 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.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

Undue reward for anything against justice is a bribe. --Hobart. [1913 Webster]

3. That which seduces; seduction; allurement. [1913 Webster]

Not the bribes of sordid wealth can seduce to leave these ever?blooming sweets. --Akenside. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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