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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bribe  \Bribe\,  v.  i. 
  1.  To  commit  robbery  or  theft.  [Obs.] 
 
  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. 
 
  An  attempt  to  bribe,  though  unsuccessful,  has  been 
  holden  to  be  criminal,  and  the  offender  may  be 
  indicted.  --Bouvier. 
 
  The  bard  may  supplicate,  but  cannot  bribe. 
  --Goldsmith. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bribe  \Bribe\,  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. 
 
  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. 
 
  Undue  reward  for  anything  against  justice  is  a 
  bribe.  --Hobart. 
 
  3.  That  which  seduces;  seduction;  allurement. 
 
  Not  the  bribes  of  sordid  wealth  can  seduce  to  leave 
  these  ever?blooming  sweets.  --Akenside. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bribe  \Bribe\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Bribed};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Bribing}.] 
  1.  To  rob  or  steal.  [Obs.]  --Chaucer. 
 
  2.  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 
 
  Neither  is  he  worthy  who  bribes  a  man  to  vote 
  against  his  conscience.  --F.  W. 
  Robertson 
 
  3.  To  gain  by  a  bribe;  of  induce  as  by  a  bribe. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  bribe 
  n  :  payment  made  to  a  person  in  a  position  of  trust  to  corrupt 
  his  judgment  [syn:  {payoff}] 
  v  :  make  illegal  payments  to  in  exchange  for  favors  or 
  influence;  "This  judge  can  be  bought"  [syn:  {corrupt},  {buy}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Bribe 
  None  to  be  taken  "for  the  gift  maketh  open  eyes  blind,  and 
  perverteth  the  cause  of  the  righteous"  (Ex.  23:8,  literally 
  rendered). 
 




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