What does blackmail mean?

Definitions for blackmail
ˈblækˌmeɪlblack·mail

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. blackmail(verb)

    extortion of money by threats to divulge discrediting information

  2. blackmail, blackjack, pressure(verb)

    exert pressure on someone through threats

  3. blackmail(verb)

    obtain through threats

Wiktionary

  1. blackmail(Noun)

    A certain rate of money, corn, cattle, or other thing, anciently paid, in the north of England and south of Scotland, to certain men who were allied to robbers, or moss troopers, to be by them protected from pillage.

  2. blackmail(Noun)

    Payment of money exacted by means of intimidation; also, extortion of money from a person by threats of public accusation, exposure, or censure.

  3. blackmail(Noun)

    Black rent, or rent paid in corn, flesh, or the lowest coin, a opposed to white rent, which paid in silver.

    to levy blackmail

  4. blackmail(Verb)

    To extort money from by exciting fears of injury other than bodily harm, such as injury to reputation, distress of mind, false accusation, etc.; as, to blackmail a merchant by threatening to expose an alleged fraud.

  5. Origin: From black + mail.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Blackmail(noun)

    a certain rate of money, corn, cattle, or other thing, anciently paid, in the north of England and south of Scotland, to certain men who were allied to robbers, or moss troopers, to be by them protected from pillage

  2. Blackmail(noun)

    payment of money exacted by means of intimidation; also, extortion of money from a person by threats of public accusation, exposure, or censure

  3. Blackmail(noun)

    black rent, or rent paid in corn, flesh, or the lowest coin, a opposed to "white rent", which paid in silver

  4. Blackmail(verb)

    to extort money from by exciting fears of injury other than bodily harm, as injury to reputation, distress of mind, etc.; as, to blackmail a merchant by threatening to expose an alleged fraud

Freebase

  1. Blackmail

    Blackmail is an act, often a crime, involving unjustified threats to make a gain or cause loss to another unless a demand is met. It may be defined as coercion involving threats of physical harm, threat of criminal prosecution, or threats for the purposes of taking the person's money or property. It is the name of a statutory offence in the United States of America, England and Wales, Northern Ireland, and Victoria, Australia, and has been used as a convenient way of referring to other offences, but was not a term codified by Statute in English law before 1968. It originally meant payments rendered by settlers in the Counties of England bordering Scotland to chieftains and the like in the Scottish Lowlands, in exchange for protection from Scottish thieves and marauders into England. Blackmail may also be considered a form of extortion. Although the two are generally synonymous, extortion is the taking of personal property by threat of future harm. Blackmail is the use of threats to prevent another from engaging in a lawful occupation and writing libelous letters or letters that provoke a breach of the peace, as well as use of intimidation for purposes of collecting an unpaid debt. Some US states distinguish the offenses by requiring that blackmail be in writing. In some jurisdictions, the offence of blackmail is often carried out during the act of robbery. This occurs when an offender makes a threat of immediate violence towards someone in order to make a gain as part of a theft. For example, the threat of "Give me your money or I will shoot you" is an unlawful threat of violence in order to gain property.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Blackmail

    blak′māl, n. rent or tribute formerly paid to robbers for protection: hush-money extorted under threat of exposure or denunciation, esp. of a baseless charge.—v.t. to extort money from a person by this expedient. [Black and A.S. mal, tribute, toll.]

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Blackmail

    Originally a tax or tribute paid to robbers or freebooters as a compromise for protection. “Black” implied the Gaelic for security, while mal was Anglo-Saxon for tribute.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of blackmail in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of blackmail in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of blackmail in a Sentence

  1. Deputy Labour Minister Dimitris Stratoulis:

    We are not afraid of blackmail, and our priority is the public interest.

  2. Deputy Prime Minister Yannis Dragasakis:

    As a government we do not accept ultimatums, nor do we surrender to blackmail.

  3. President Richard Nixon:

    We will do everything we can to get them released but we will not pay blackmail.

  4. President Tayyip Erdogan:

    The game of those who tried to use the tomb and our soldiers to blackmail Turkey has been disrupted.

  5. Michael Cohen:

    I am not, no, okay, are you aware of any videotapes that may be the subject of extortion or blackmail?

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