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blackmail

black·mail

blackmail

 
 
pronunciation:
blaek meIl
parts of speech:
noun, verb
part of speech: noun
definition 1: money obtained from someone by threatening to give out information that would harm that person.
similar words:
bribe, protection, ransom
definition 2: the act of getting such money or of trying to get it.
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: blackmailed, blackmailing, blackmails
definition: to obtain or try to obtain blackmail from.
The butler tried to blackmail Mrs. Potter after he found out that she poisoned her husband.
similar words:
bleed, extract, milk
derivation: blackmailer (n.)