Adjective "blackmail" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


The action, treated as a criminal offence, of demanding money from someone in return for not revealing compromising information which one has about them.
  1. as modifier 'she recounted the blackmail threats'
  2. 'I refer to a judge who's put himself at grave risk of blackmail, entrapment, compromise and hypocrisy.'
  3. 'Police treated the approach as blackmail and brought charges against him last October.'
  4. 'In the ensuing litigation, this was portrayed as blackmail - a serious offence that has a maximum prison term of 14 years.'
  5. 'As well as being able to impose military discipline on members, the organisation can raise millions of pounds through robberies, smuggling, extortion, blackmail.'
  6. 'It is, after all, free information usable for blackmail, theft or provoking a crippling system breakdown.'
  7. 'The two accused appeared in court yesterday on charges of kidnapping, robbery and blackmail.'
  8. 'The offence of blackmail broadens the current offence of extortion by certain threats.'
  9. 'Detectives called at her home the same day and she was charged with blackmail following a police inquiry.'
  10. 'Had he videotaped their escapades with threats of blackmail?'
  11. 'I do not trust people to make sound judgments, to take care of the information of others or to be beyond blackmail, corruption or plain greed.'
  12. 'He was embezzling in order to pay blackmail over a fight he was involved in, in which a person died.'
  13. 'Denying the second payment was blackmail, he said their meeting wasn't a big deal or boxing match, but an easy deal.'
  14. 'A pox doctor's clerk knew all the personal details of the patients, so he had ample opportunities to supplement his income by blackmail.'
  15. 'I hope voters everywhere will treat this blackmail with the contempt it deserves.'
  16. 'In other words, we can't afford to properly police copyright laws so we'll try and use emotional blackmail to keep people in line.'
  17. 'Could it be that folks are wising up to this kind of calculated emotional blackmail?'
  18. 'Five years on, her husband is facing a charge for assault - the culmination of a marriage which descended into emotional blackmail, abuse and violence.'
  19. 'Subsequently peer pressure and blackmail of friendship are often major contributing pull factors.'
  20. 'They accuse the hedge funds of blackmail - holding out and refusing to agree to a deal until they secure a larger payout for themselves - at the expense of other creditors.'
  21. 'There's a tightrope to walk between honesty and hysteria, emotional blackness and emotional blackmail.'
  22. 'There was nothing he could do to stop her, except for using the emotional blackmail which she seemed to have become so good at.'
  23. 'Many of us are convinced that the dictator will acquire nuclear weapons fairly soon and subject any nation to nuclear blackmail.'
  24. 'Some of the man-bashing and emotional blackmail seems a bit of a cop out when sections of the production are effectively dramatic and poetically lyrical.'


Demand money from (someone) in return for not revealing compromising information about them.
  1. 'If you're being blackmailed by someone, turning around and blackmailing him back is just as illegal as the first crime.'
  2. 'This piece of information isn't enough to blackmail him.'
  3. 'Taking the witness stand at the trial of the photographer who she claims tried to blackmail her, Diaz revealed that she thinks that she looked good.'
  4. 'I trudged to my room, all the way muttering about how she would blackmail me with this little bit of information.'
  5. 'Mother wouldn't hesitate to blackmail someone for money.'
  6. 'That being said, know that if you ever try to blackmail me with this information, I will take you to the Tower myself.'
  7. 'Needless to say, if I ever wanted to make some quick money and blackmail someone, he would be the guy.'
  8. 'She's using her police connections to blackmail money out of me.'
  9. 'I really don't know why, but I every once in a while I got hold of information I could use to blackmail people.'
  10. 'Other gangs have resorted to blackmailing doctors monthly in return for their personal safety.'
  11. 'he had blackmailed her into sailing with him'
  12. 'Everywhere, workforces are played off against one another and blackmailed into making concessions with the threat that production will be moved.'
  13. 'He used the children to blackmail me; he threatened to take them away from me.'
  14. 'Mindy informed her friend that she could remember everything and attempted to blackmail her into leaving John.'
  15. 'I'm not threatening you or blackmailing you with friendship so that you vote my way.'
  16. 'But he urged the company to stand firm so potential investors knew employers ‘will not be blackmailed by irresponsible threats from unions’.'
  17. 'Of course, it is wrong to nag, pressurise, coax, cajole or emotionally blackmail one's offspring into providing grandchildren.'
  18. 'Because once you allow your nation to be blackmailed by the threat of force, you're doomed.'
  19. 'Do you think any politician would be willing to admit ‘Yes, I was threatened and blackmailed into supporting government policy that I didn't agree with’?'
  20. 'It is unethical to effectively blackmail a player into giving up his rights with the threat of removal from the team.'
  21. 'We've been blackmailed with this threat for years.'

More definitions

1. any payment extorted by intimidation, as by threats of injurious revelations or accusations.

2. the extortion of such payment: He confessed rather than suffer the dishonor of blackmail.

3. a tribute formerly exacted in the north of England and in Scotland by freebooting chiefs for protection from pillage. verb (used with object)

4. to extort money from (a person) by the use of threats.

5. to force or coerce into a particular action, statement, etc.: The strikers claimed they

More examples(as adjective)

"places can be blackmail."

"cities can be blackmail."


Mid 16th century (denoting protection money levied by Scottish chiefs): from black + obsolete mail ‘tribute, rent’, from Old Norse mál ‘speech, agreement’.