blood money

noun
Updated on: 1 Apr 2018
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

  1. the blood money earned by people who profited from the tragedy

  2. They accepted blood money in exchange for the murderer's execution.

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First Known Use of blood money

1535

in the meaning defined at sense 2

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BLOOD MONEY Defined for English Language Learners

blood money

  • : money gotten by killing someone or because someone has died

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


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