Simple Definition of blood money
: 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 in a sentence
the blood money earned by people who profited from the tragedy
They accepted blood money in exchange for the murderer's execution.
First Known Use of blood money
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