For most transnational corporations based outside the United States, bribery in a foreign nation is completely legal. Some countries even allow the corporations to put down bribes as a tax write-off. France comes to mind as one nation that has been very lax about this. The US has only made this a crime relatively recently (past 25 years or so?), and has been pushing other countries to do the same.

Brib"er*y (?), n.; pl. Briberies (#). [OE. brybery rascality, OF. briberie. See Bribe, n.]

1.

Robbery; extortion.

[Obs.]

2.

The act or practice of giving or taking bribes; the act of influencing the official or political action of another by corrupt inducements.

Bribery oath, an oath taken by a person that he has not been bribed as to voting. [Eng.]

© Webster 1913.

Incorrectly noded by Webster 1913 under Bribeery.

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