blackmail

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Synonyms for blackmail

Synonyms for blackmail

extortion of money by threats to divulge discrediting information

Related Words

exert pressure on someone through threats

References in classic literature ?
If I didn't there'd be the very devil to pay in blackmail.
Assessments and taxes were enormous; the public works were notoriously neglected, the accounts were slurred over by bribed auditors, and the decent citizen was terrorized into paying public blackmail, and holding his tongue lest some worse thing befall him.
At the domestic level, the husband blackmails his wife in exchange for allowing her to work.
Yesterday Sara Clover, defending Wright, said: 'This was not, as some blackmails are, a cold-hearted attempt to secure money.
Sarah Wright, (33), of Baker Street, Chasetown, Cannock, was sentenced at Wolverhampton Crown Court after she pleaded guilty to blackmail and demanding pounds 5,000 with menaces at an earlier hearing.
The power of social media has allowed people to blackmail others with more ease than ever before, a trend that has now become increasingly common among female groups, rather than mostly among males.