blackmail


blackmail
[[t]blæ̱kmeɪl[/t]]
blackmails, blackmailing, blackmailed
1) N-UNCOUNT Blackmail is the action of threatening to reveal a secret about someone, unless they do something you tell them to do, such as giving you money.

It looks like the pictures were being used for blackmail...

Opponents accused him of blackmail and extortion.

2) N-UNCOUNT (disapproval) If you describe an action as emotional or moral blackmail, you disapprove of it because someone is using a person's emotions or moral values to persuade them to do something against their will.

The tactics employed can range from overt bullying to subtle emotional blackmail.

3) VERB If one person blackmails another person, they use blackmail against them.

[V n] He told her their affair would have to stop, because Jack Smith was blackmailing him...

[V n] The government insisted that it would not be blackmailed by violence...

[V n into -ing/n] I thought he was trying to blackmail me into saying whatever he wanted. [Also V n with n]

Derived words:
blackmailer plural N-COUNT

The nasty thing about a blackmailer is that his starting point is usually the truth.


English dictionary. 2008.

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