blood money


blood money

noun

: money wrongly obtained by killing someone or because someone has died

: money paid to the family of a person who has been killed

Full Definition of BLOOD MONEY

1
:  money obtained at the cost of another's life
2
:  money paid (as by a killer or the killer's clan) to the family of a person who has been killed

Examples of BLOOD MONEY

  1. the blood money earned by people who profited from the tragedy
  2. They accepted blood money in exchange for the murderer's execution.

First Known Use of BLOOD MONEY

1535

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