Blood-money



a fee paid to a hired murderer.
compensation paid to the next of kin of a slain person.
money obtained ruthlessly and at a cost of suffering to others.
money paid to an informer in order to cause somebody to be arrested, convicted, or especially executed.
Historical Examples

Our Mutual Friend Charles Dickens
Complete Short Works Georg Ebers
Explorers and Travellers Adolphus W. Greely
Library of the World’s Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 7 Various
No Treason, Vol. VI. Lysander Spooner
Mrs. Dorriman, Volume 3 of 3 Julie Bosville Chetwynd
The Clarion Samuel Hopkins Adams
The Seven Curses of London James Greenwood
Peter the Priest Mr Jkai
The Weight of the Crown Fred M. White

noun
compensation paid to the relatives of a murdered person
money paid to a hired murderer
a reward for information about a criminal, esp a murderer

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