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See definition of blackmail on Dictionary.com
  • nounintimidation for money; money to quiet informer
  • verbintimidating for money

synonyms for blackmail

  • bribe
  • bribery
  • extortion
  • exaction
  • milking
  • payoff
  • protection
  • ransom
  • tribute
  • hush money
  • slush fund
See also synonyms for: blackmailer
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Be kind and fierce and don’t bend an inch to this emotional blackmail.
CAROLYN HAX: THEY’RE IN THEIR 40S NOW, BUT ONE SISTER STILL SAYS SHE’S THE OTHER’S ‘CO-PARENT’CAROLYN HAXAUGUST 26, 2021WASHINGTON POST
Now crypto is at the center of a wide swath of illegal schemes, including blackmail scams, Covid-19 vaccine counterfeits, money laundering operations, and illicit sales on the darknet.
FEDS ARE SEIZING CRYPTOCURRENCY FROM CRIMINALS. NOW THEY HAVE TO FIGURE OUT WHAT TO DO WITH IT.REBECCA HEILWEILJULY 30, 2021VOX
A few days later, Pearson exposed the blackmail of Bridges and Welker.
OUR POLITICS IS NO UGLIER OR MORE DYSFUNCTIONAL THAN IN THE PASTKYLE LONGLEYMAY 14, 2021WASHINGTON POST
Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell issued a statement in early April describing the corporate pushback on voting measures as “economic blackmail” that would result in “serious consequences.”
TEXAS WAS ALREADY ONE OF THE HARDEST STATES TO VOTE IN. IT MAY GET EVEN HARDERSANYA MANSOORMAY 7, 2021TIME
Ransomeware is highly effective when coupled with the exfiltration of secrets to add blackmail pressure for companies and institutions to pay up.
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Police are said to have contacted the hackers, who left behind a blackmail note, and persuaded them to supply a digital key that would decrypt the hospital’s 30 infected computer servers.
RANSOMWARE ATTACK ON A HOSPITAL MAY BE FIRST EVER TO CAUSE A DEATHRHHACKETTFORTUNESEPTEMBER 18, 2020FORTUNE
If this stinking quartet takes it into its head to levy annual blackmail, where is the money coming from?
ANCESTORSGERTRUDE ATHERTON
Bois l'Hery's horses were unsound, Schwalbach's gallery was a swindle, Moessard's articles a recognised blackmail.
THE NABOBALPHONSE DAUDET
The only possible scandal lies in the fact that Mrs. Withers paid blackmail for years.
THE WINNING CLUEJAMES HAY, JR.
He attempted to blackmail my father, as he had already done so many times, but his scheme was frustrated.
THE CZAR'S SPYWILLIAM LE QUEUX
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WORDS RELATED TO BLACKMAIL

  • blackmailed
  • confiscated
  • depleted
  • drained
  • exhausted
  • extracted
  • fleeced
  • impoverished
  • leeched
  • milked
  • mulcted
  • overcharged
  • pauperized
  • put the screws to
  • rooked
  • sapped
  • skinned
  • squeezed
  • stole
  • strong-armed
  • stuck
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.