blood money


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.
Recent Examples on the Web The questions came again Tuesday as reports were published saying West Palm Beach’s Brooks Koepka would sign on for the LIV Tour’s blood money. Dave Hyde, Sun Sentinel, 21 June 2022 Those hands are your hands — stained with the blood money of the National Rifle Association. The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 May 2022 Dems take blood money from the NRA and gun manufacturers, too. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 26 May 2022 But some convicts have been rescued by the practice of blood money, which their victims’ families choose to receive as restitution out of compassion, poverty, pressure or another motivation. Los Angeles Times, 19 May 2022 The latest round of western economic reprisals against Russia are shining a harsh light on Formula 1’s love of blood money. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 10 Mar. 2022 So is payment, and David brings 1,000 euros along as blood money. Peter Debruge, Variety, 11 Sep. 2021 Her group was active in pushing the state to stop issuing permits for the bulldozing of tortoises in exchange for what many decried as blood money. Kevin Spear,, 22 Apr. 2021 There were the foreign officials—including those specifically cited by the U.S. Congress for their gobsmacking corruption—patronizing Trump’s hotels and buildings, buoying a Trump Organization willing to house kleptocrats soaked in blood money. Casey Michel, The New Republic, 23 Dec. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of blood money

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of blood money was in 1535

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28 Jun 2022

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“Blood money.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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