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bribe

noun corrupt money, corrupt offering, graft, hush money, illegal donation, illegal incentive, illegal incitation, illegal inducement, illegal lure, illegal offer, illegal offering, illegal present, illegal reward, offering, pretium, protection money, sop, unlawful bait, unlawful compensation, unlawful gift, unlawful gratuity
Associated concepts: acceptance of a bribe, bribe-giving for public office, bribery, bribing a witness, corruption, obstructing justice, offer to bribe, official misconnuct, rewarding official misconduct, solicitation of a bribe, unlawful gratuities
See also: coax, corrupt, hush money, lure, suborn

BRIBE, crim. law. The gift or promise, which is accepted, of some advantage, as the inducement for some illegal act or omission; or of some illegal emolument, as a consideration, for preferring one person to another, in the performance of a legal act.

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Instead of employing this diamond in attempting to bribe his jailers, who might only have taken it and then betrayed him to the governor, Dantes carefully preserved it, that in the event of his getting out of prison he might have wherewithal to live, for the sale of such a diamond would have quite sufficed to make his fortune.
He had followed them purposely to town, he had taken on himself all the trouble and mortification attendant on such a research; in which supplication had been necessary to a woman whom he must abominate and despise, and where he was reduced to meet, frequently meet, reason with, persuade, and finally bribe, the man whom he always most wished to avoid, and whose very name it was punishment to him to pronounce.
By means of an occasional bribe to little Nathalie, she ascertained the precise progress of the work, and learning that I should probably be ready for sale that very morning, under the pretence of hiring the apartment, she was shown into my important presence.
The black grinned, conscious of the bribe that was offered him for silence on the subject of the deer, while Richard, without in the least waiting for the termination of his cousin’s speech, began his reply:
The river deities, however, like those of the sea, were to be propitiated by a bribe, and the infliction of these rude honors to be parried by a treat to the adepts.
Yet that terror was not fright, But a tremulous delight -- A feeling not the jewelled mine Could teach or bribe me to define -- Nor Love -- although the Love were thine.
I had brought her to the Piazza, placed her among charming influences, paid her an attention she appreciated, and now I seemed to let her perceive that all this had been a bribe-- a bribe to make her turn in some way against her aunt.
Yes, and wanted to bribe me to do it by sharing a chest of treasure--at least, he thought it was--stolen from Mr.
It does not dispose of their strange human souls to know that they were exhibited to the world as impossibly impeccable wax works, who never looked after a woman or knew the meaning of a bribe.
Well, I give my proofs: I will pay this barbaric bribe, and then go back to reason for the rest of my life.
To allow Ada to be made a bribe and hush-money of is not the way to bring it out.
I shall see you and will bribe Jose to let me out for a turn.