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Meaning of BLACKMAIL

Pronunciation:  'blak`meyl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  extortion of money by threats to divulge discrediting information
  2. [v]  obtain through threats
  3. [v]  exert pressure on someone through threats

BLACKMAIL is a 9 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: blackjack, pressure
 See Also: act upon, extort, extortion, influence, work



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Black"mail`\, n. [Black + mail a piece of money.]
    1. A certain rate of money, corn, cattle, or other thing,
       anciently paid, in the north of England and south of
       Scotland, to certain men who were allied to robbers, or
       moss troopers, to be by them protected from pillage. --Sir
       W. Scott.
    2. Payment of money exacted by means of intimidation; also,
       extortion of money from a person by threats of public
       accusation, exposure, or censure.
    3. (Eng. Law) Black rent, or rent paid in corn, flesh, or the
       lowest coin, a opposed to ``white rent'', which paid in
    {To levy blackmail}, to extort money by threats, as of injury
       to one's reputation.
  2. \Black"mail`\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Blackmailed}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Blackmailing}.]
    To extort money from by exciting fears of injury other than
    bodily harm, as injury to reputation, distress of mind, etc.;
    as, to blackmail a merchant by threatening to expose an
    alleged fraud. [U. S.]
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you are blackmailing someone indicates your issues with power and domination. You may be letting your competitive nature get the best of you. Dreaming that you are being blackmailed, represents inner weaknesses and helplessness. You may not have confidence in your own ability. It may also be a pun on a "black male" you may know in your life.
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