Definition of emotional blackmail
: an attempt to control someone with whom one has an emotional connection by tactics that make the person feel guilty or upset He used emotional blackmail to get what he wanted from her.
Word by Word Definitions
: of or relating to emotion
: dominated by or prone to emotion
: appealing to or arousing emotion
: a tribute anciently exacted on the Scottish border by plundering chiefs in exchange for immunity from pillage
: extortion or coercion by threats especially of public exposure or criminal prosecution
: the payment that is extorted
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