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 for bribe
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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     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.
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              Undue reward for anything against justice is a
              bribe.                                --Hobart.
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     3. That which seduces; seduction; allurement.
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              Not the bribes of sordid wealth can seduce to leave
              these ever?blooming sweets.           --Akenside.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bribe \Bribe\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bribed; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Bribing.]
     1. To rob or steal. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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     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.
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              Neither is he worthy who bribes a man to vote
              against his conscience.               --F. W.
                                                    Robertson.
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     3. To gain by a bribe; of induce as by a bribe.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bribe \Bribe\, v. i.
     1. To commit robbery or theft. [Obs.]
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     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.
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              An attempt to bribe, though unsuccessful, has been
              holden to be criminal, and the offender may be
              indicted.                             --Bouvier.
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              The bard may supplicate, but cannot bribe.
                                                    --Goldsmith.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  bribe
      n 1: payment made to a person in a position of trust to corrupt
           his judgment [syn: bribe, payoff]
      v 1: make illegal payments to in exchange for favors or
           influence; "This judge can be bought" [syn: bribe,
           corrupt, buy, grease one's palms]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  78 Moby Thesaurus words for "bribe":
     Trinkgeld, approach, bait, bonus, boodle, bounty, bribe money, buy,
     buy off, carrot, consideration, corrupt, donative, double time,
     encouragement, fee, fillip, fix, get at, get to, graft,
     gratification, gratuity, gravy, grease, grease the palm, have,
     honorarium, hush money, incentive, incentive pay, incitement,
     inducement, instigate, interest, invitation, kickback, lagniappe,
     largess, liberality, lubricate, lure, oil, palm oil, pay off,
     payment, payoff, payola, percentage, perks, perquisite, persuasive,
     pourboire, premium, profit, protection, provocation, purchase,
     reach, reward, salve, soften up, something extra, sop, sportula,
     square, stimulation, stimulative, stimulus, suborn, sweeten,
     sweetener, sweetening, take care of, tamper with, tickle the palm,
     tip, whet
  
  

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

  Bribe
     None to be taken; "for the gift maketh open eyes blind, and
     perverteth the cause of the righteous" (Ex. 23:8, literally
     rendered).
     

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  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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