Simple Definition of blackmail
: the crime of threatening to tell secret information about someone unless the person being threatened gives you money or does what you want
: something (such as money) that is received through blackmail
Full Definition of blackmail
1 : a tribute anciently exacted on the Scottish border by plundering chiefs in exchange for immunity from pillage
2 a : extortion or coercion by threats especially of public exposure or criminal prosecution b : the payment that is extorted
Examples of blackmail
She was a victim of blackmail.
The servant extorted blackmail from her employer.
Origin of blackmail
black + 1mail
First Known Use: 1552
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BLACKMAIL Defined for Kids
Definition of blackmail
1 : the act of forcing someone to do or pay something by threatening to reveal a secret
2 : something (as money) obtained by threatening to reveal a secret
Definition of blackmail
: to threaten to reveal a secret unless something is done (as paying money)
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