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noun as in intimidation for money; money to quiet informer

verb as in intimidating for money


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Be kind and fierce and don’t bend an inch to this emotional blackmail.

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.

From Vox

A few days later, Pearson exposed the blackmail of Bridges and Welker.

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.”

From Time

Ransomeware is highly effective when coupled with the exfiltration of secrets to add blackmail pressure for companies and institutions to pay up.

Plus, his known drug dealings certainly made him vulnerable to blackmail.

Americans are giving in to North Korean blackmail—and it will only get worse.

Back in England, Hitchcock made the transition from silents to sound with Blackmail, Britain's first talkie.

VanDyke confirmed the attack on his website, writing that SEA had emailed him a blackmail threat.

The more accomplished students took classes in safe-cracking, burglary, blackmail, and confidence games.

If this stinking quartet takes it into its head to levy annual blackmail, where is the money coming from?

Bois l'Hery's horses were unsound, Schwalbach's gallery was a swindle, Moessard's articles a recognised blackmail.

The only possible scandal lies in the fact that Mrs. Withers paid blackmail for years.

He attempted to blackmail my father, as he had already done so many times, but his scheme was frustrated.

All the American press is not founded upon this system of virtual blackmail.

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On this page you'll find 45 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to blackmail, such as: bribe, bribery, extortion, exaction, milking, and payoff.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.