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.

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“Emotional blackmail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emotional%20blackmail. Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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