blackmail

Part of speech: verb

To levy blackmail upon.

Part of speech: noun

Extortion by threats of accusation.

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Usage examples "blackmail":

  1. Every now and then you would read in the paper how some woman had been arrested for attempting to blackmail him in his office. - "The Book of Life: Vol. I Mind and Body; Vol. II Love and Society", Upton Sinclair.
  2. Suppose they asked for money- blackmail- and there was a quarrel in which Sir Horace was shot. - "The Hampstead Mystery", John R. Watson.
  3. He would call upon them to arrest a man who was planning to blackmail Mrs. James Blagwin. - "Somewhere in France", Richard Harding Davis.