any payment extorted by intimidation, as by threats of injurious revelations or accusations.
the extortion of such payment:
He confessed rather than suffer the dishonor of blackmail.
a tribute formerly exacted in the north of England and in Scotland by freebooting chiefs for protection from pillage.
to extort money from (a person) by the use of threats.
to force or coerce into a particular action, statement, etc.:
The strikers claimed they were blackmailed into signing the new contract.
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the act of attempting to obtain money by intimidation, as by threats to disclose discreditable information
the exertion of pressure or threats, esp unfairly, in an attempt to influence someone’s actions
to exact or attempt to exact (money or anything of value) from (a person) by threats or intimidation; extort
to attempt to influence the actions of (a person), esp by unfair pressure or threats
a tree, Acer saccharum nigrum, of eastern and central North America, having furrowed, blackish bark and yellow-green flowers.
a grayish grunt, Anisotremus surinamensis, of the Atlantic Ocean from Florida to Brazil.
patrol wagon. noun a police van for transporting prisoners
an indication of failure or censure: His chronic lateness is a black mark against him. Historical Examples Frank Merriwell’s Return to Yale Burt L. Standish Betty Leicester Sarah Orne Jewett noun an indication of disapproval, failure, etc noun Examples An indication of censure or failure, as in If you refuse to work late, won’t that […]