Blackmail - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈblækmeɪl|  American pronunciation of the word blackmail
Brit.  |ˈblakmeɪl|  British pronunciation of the word blackmail

noun

- extortion of money by threats to divulge discrediting information

verb

- exert pressure on someone through threats (syn: blackjack, pressure)
- obtain through threats

Examples

She was a victim of blackmail.

The servant extorted blackmail from her employer.

She had already tried emotional blackmail (=tried to make him feel guilty) to stop him leaving.

He was jailed for four years for blackmailing gay businessmen.

I refuse to be blackmailed into making a quick decision.

He's been in a lot of trouble - drugs, guns, blackmail - the list is endless.

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: blackmail
he/she/it: blackmails
present participle: blackmailing
past tense: blackmailed
past participle: blackmailed
noun
singular: blackmailer
plural: blackmailers
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