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Definition of the noun blackmail

What does blackmail mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: blackmails

  1. extortion of money by threats to divulge discrediting information
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic word: extortion = the felonious act of extorting money

Alternative definition of the noun blackmail

noun

  1. [archaic] 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.
  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. [context: English law] Black rent, or rent paid in corn, flesh, or the lowest coin, a opposed to white rent, which paid in silver.

Definition of the verb blackmail

What does blackmail mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: blackmailed | blackmailing | blackmails

  1. exert pressure on someone through threats
  2. obtain through threats

Alternative definition of the verb blackmail

verb

  1. [transitive] To extort money from by exciting fears of injury other than bodily harm, such as injury to reputation, distress of mind, false accusation, etc.; as, to blackmail a merchant by threatening to expose an alleged fraud.

Person

Who is Blackmail?

Blackmail is a German alternative rock band from Koblenz, Germany which was started briefly in 1993. Blackmail are singer Mathias Reetz, brothers Kurt Ebelhäuser and Carlos Ebelhäuser and drummer Mario Matthias. Their style of music usually varies, but mainly consists of the indie rock genre which is combined with experimentation of electronic music, progressive rock, alternative rock and dance. It is also known for its harsh and high-pitched guitar melodies.

Group

Blackmail is a musical group.

Films

  1. "Blackmail" is a 1929 British thriller drama film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Anny Ondra, John Longden, and Cyril Ritchard. Based on the play Blackmail by Charles Bennett, the film is about a London woman who is blackmailed after killing a man who tries to rape her.
  2. "Blackmail" is a 2005 Hindi action thriller film directed by Anil Devgan, which stars Ajay Devgan, Sunil Shetty and Priyanka Chopra in lead roles. The film is inspired from the 1996 Hollywood film Ransom.
  3. "Blackmail" a.k.a. "Black Mail" is a 1973 Bollywood thriller film directed by Vijay Anand. The film stars Dharmendra, Raakhee, Madan Puri, and Shatrughan Sinha.
  4. "Blackmail" is a 1939 crime drama film starring Edward G. Robinson and was directed by H.C. Potter.
  5. "Blackmail" is a film directed by Lesley Selander released on July 24, 1947.
  6. Blackmail is a UK's TV series.
    • begun in (50 years ago)
    • country: United Kingdom
    • regular cast: Gwen Watford as Alice Rollings
    • award:
      • British Academy Television Award for Best Drama Series (Take Care Of Madam, The Hidden Truth - For episode "One Of The Hampshire Pargeters", The Hidden Truth - For episode "Missing Believe Killed", Black Mail - For episode "A Nice Little Family Fiddle", Black Mail - For episode "Kill Me") nomination for Stella Richman
      • British Academy Television Award for Best Design (A Nice Little Family Fiddle, Giants on Saturday, The Bachelors, The Rules of the Game, No Baby, No Baby at All, The Winds of Green Monday, Beautiful Forever, We Thought You'd Like To Be Caesar) nomination for John Clements
      • British Academy Television Award for Best Actress (Take Care of Madam, The Rules Of The Game, End of Term, The Madam) nomination for Gwen Watford
      • British Academy Television Award for Best Actress (Take Care of Madam, The Rules Of The Game, End of Term, The Madam), received by Gwen Watford
  7. "Blackmail" is a film.

Music

  1. "Blackmail" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  2. "blackmail": Blackmail is the debut album by the artist of the same name. The album consisted of tracks that the band was able to record in a high-tech recording studio that was readily lent to them by a German producer legend named Stuart Bruce who was impressed with their demo-recordings. Bruce, as well as Guido Lucas, produced the album. Guido Lucas started his own record label in Koblenz known as bluNoise Records. blackmail was able to secure his support, after many other record labels turned down their request to be taken in. The album, however, still did not get a very positive consumer response.
  3. "Blackmail" is the soundtrack album of the 2005 film.
  4. "Blackmail" is a musical EP of Oliver North Boy Choir.
    • released on (5 years ago)
  5. "Blackmail" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  6. "Blackmail" is a composition.
  7. "Blackmail" is a musical album of Cyesm.
    • released on (6 years ago)
  8. "Blackmail" is a musical single of Cuckoo.
    • released in (17 years ago)

Miscellanea

  1. Blackmail is a cataloged instance, musical recording, canonical version.
  2. Blackmail is a spin-off series of mini-episodes of The Office; it premiered as original internet-only content, available online at NBC.com.
    • genre: Sitcom

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Blackmail

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Google previewExplanation (2011)

Letters to My Grandson by Rick Tobin

Emotional blackmail is a type of bullying. Emotional...

Google previewThe Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Criminal Law (2011)

by John Deigh, David Dolinko

Blackmail is a serious crime. Moreover, it exerts a grasp on...

Google previewOn the Silence of the Declaration of Independence (1976)

by Paul Eidelberg

86, where Professor Kissinger once understood that "against an opponent known to consider nuclear war as the worst evil, nuclear blackmail is an almost foolproof strategy.

Google previewThe Living Church (1967)

Blackmail is a great problem for homosexuals. In England it was shown that homosexuality was the underlying cause of the majority of recent prosecutions for extortion in the law courts. What happens is that a jilted sexual companion threatens ...

Google previewDictionary of Films (1972)

by Georges Sadoul, Peter Morris

DEUS E O DIABO NA TERRA DO SOL *BLACKMAIL Britain 1929. Dir Alfred Hitchcock Seen Alfred Hitchcock, Charles Bennett, Benn W. Levy based on the play by Charles Bennett Photog Jack ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Power (2011)

by Keith Dowding

Blackmail occurs when one person threatens another that unless the latter carries out some act, such as paying money or providing some favor for the blackmailer, the blackmailer will reveal information to other people such as family members, ...

Google previewThe Central Intelligence Agency: An Encyclopedia of Covert Ops, Intelligence Gathering, and Spies [2 volumes] (2015)

An Encyclopedia of Covert Ops, Intelligence Gathering, and Spies by Jan Goldman Ph.D.

Blackmail typically involves a threat to reveal a shameful secret and is sometimes used in human...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Violence, Peace, and Conflict (2008)

If leaders in a crisis between nuclear armed states fear uncontrolled escalation more than they desire expected values that can be obtained through additional nuclear blackmail, then they have stronger incentives to end the crisis than to ...

Google previewLittle Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins (2014)

by Julia Cresswell

Blackmail was originally a protection racket. Scottish chiefs in the 16th century exacted tribute from farmers and small landowners in the border counties of England and Scotland, and along the Highland border. The money was in return for ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Public Choice (2008)

by Charles Rowley, Friedrich Schneider

Blackmail prosecutions are not common, for a simple reason: the person being blackmailed is not likely to report it and thereby publicly to expose a shameful or criminal act. A widely publicized case was prosecuted in the New York Federal ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Ethics (2013)

by Lawrence C. Becker, Charlotte B. Becker

Even our strictly ethical intuitions seem to tolerate practices which, on closer inspection, may seem indistinguishable from “ordinary blackmail”. Second, arguing by way of a firm distinction between the moral and the legal issues would involve ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Street Crime in America (2013)

by Jeffrey Ian Ross

lts Difference From Extortion, Bribery While blackmail is an uninvited solicitation, if a person initiates the offering of something of value to another to avoid the disclosure of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Rape (2004)

by Merril D. Smith

For example, using emotional blackmail to get someone to ...

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb blackmail:

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Quotes about Blackmail

Emotion resulting from a work of art is only of value when it is not obtained by sentimental blackmail. (Jean Cocteau)
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Scrabble value of B3L1A1C3K5M3A1I1L1

The value of this 9-letter word is 19 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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