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What is a word to describe a person who accepts bribes? Crook is too informal and encompasses too many other things.

*Edit. Sorry for the confusion earlier!

Was looking for a single noun that might describe such a person! Something like "corruptible/venal official" would have been perfect. However, I'm looking for something condensed into one word.

Sample:

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    @henchmanjustin "corruptible" springs to mind. – Elian Nov 16 '15 at 8:12
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    I thought about "corruptible" too, but I figured if they actually accept bribes they're not corruptible, they're already corrupt. – Misneac Nov 16 '15 at 8:18
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    @henchmanjustin Is it an adjective or a noun that you're looking for? – Elian Nov 16 '15 at 8:28
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    Politician? :-) – user45532 Nov 16 '15 at 9:00
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    @henchmanjustin Misneac makes a good point, I think people are answering different questions here. So, do you mean a word for someone who is open to being bribed (venal/corruptible) or someone who is actually in receipt of a bribe (bribee)? – Rupe Nov 16 '15 at 9:15
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The appropriate word is venal, meaning bribable from the Latin venalis, sale. The venal politician is one whose influence is literally for sale.

  • Good show. I forgot "venal". – Misneac Nov 16 '15 at 9:01
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Purchasable:

  • Capable of being bribed; venal: a purchasable senator.

or

Corruptible:

  • Capable of being corrupted: corruptible judges.

The Free Dictionsty

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Consider something as simple as bribable:

bribable: open to improper influence and especially bribery
Example: corruption in that country is so widespread that there are few public officials who are not bribable

(M-W)

bribable: capable of being bribed

(Webster's Unabridged)

If you need a popular word that any Anglophone understands, I suggest corrupt:

Venal or dishonest
a corrupt mayor.

(American Heritage Dictionary)

I like "venal" very much (was about to post it myself), but I'm not sure how many native speakers are familiar with it. So it depends on the target audience. For what it's worth, here's an Ngram demonstrating the popularity of "venal" vs "corrupt" vs other options:

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  • Bribable - capable of being corrupted; "corruptible judges"; "dishonest politicians"; "a purchasable senator"; "a venal police officer" thefreedictionary.com/bribable – user66974 Nov 16 '15 at 8:39
  • I was writing the same answer. :) – user140086 Nov 16 '15 at 8:44
  • @Josh61 I have an offline Webster's Unabridged, from which the definition came. But I also updated my answer to include another (online) source for my definition. – A.P. Nov 16 '15 at 8:45
  • @Rathony And I was about to post "venal", but deadrat beat me to it by 10 seconds or so :) – A.P. Nov 16 '15 at 8:47
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What's wrong with just "corrupt"?

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subvertible

subvert

(by extension)

: undermine or corrupt, as in morals

Origin of subvert Middle English subverten ; from Middle French subvertir ; from Classical Latin subvertere ; from sub-, sub- + vertere, to turn: see verse [Your Dictionary]l(http://www.yourdictionary.com/subvert#yHLbGASEEHAHtsIw.99)

: to pervert or corrupt by an undermining of morals, allegiance, or faith M-W

tamperable

tamper

: to use corrupt practices such as bribery or blackmail

: (usually followed by with) to attempt to influence or corrupt, esp by bribery: to tamper with the jury Collins English Dictionary

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