blackmail blackmail  /b ˈlæk ˌmeɪl/


  1. (n) extortion of money by threats to divulge discrediting information
  2. (v) exert pressure on someone through threats
  3. (v) obtain through threats


Derived Word(s)


  1. Ian Strachan has been named as one of the men accused of attempting to blackmail an unidentified member of the royal family.
  2. In two cases, he confessed, he used blackmail to extract money.
  3. It's a kind of blackmail.


  1. Marrero man booked with taking sexually explicit photos of, extorting 12-year-old girl

    Authorities say a Marrero man carried on explicit web chats with a 12-year-old Connecticut girl and tried to blackmail her into taking things a few steps further. Emanuel Tran, 23, is accused of threatening to send photos of the girl...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune

  2. The National Enquirer has a backstory worthy of the National Enquirer

    The National Enquirer, like the salacious stories it publishes, has a juicy backstory—one filled with scandal and blackmail. Some of that dark history is revealed by John Connolly in next month's issue of DuJour magazine. It delves into the alleged mob ties of the tabloid's former owner, Gene Pope Jr., who acquired the then-New York [...]
    on June 14, 2013     Source: The Lookout via Yahoo! News

  3. Pope Francis Admits 'Gay Lobby' at Work at Vatican

    The leader of the Roman Catholic Church acknowledged to a private audience that a blackmail scheme targeting gay priests — amid other corruption — exists within the Vatican. read more
    on June 12, 2013     Source: The Advocate


  1. "Russia's not our enemy," said President Bush. "The enemy of a free society such as ours would be a radical or extremist or rogue regime trying to blackmail the free world in order promote its ideological objectives. And so my attitude on...
    on Jun 5, 2007 By: President Bush Source: Voice of America

  2. "We will not react to demands from the Taliban," Merkel said in an interview with Germany's ARD public television when asked if she would consider bringing German troops home. "We will not give in to blackmail, that would be dangerous."
    on Jul 22, 2007 By: Angela Merkel Source: Reuters AlertNet

  3. "Rather than tolerate Russia's nuclear blackmail or cyber attacks, western nations should make clear that the solidarity of NATO, from the Baltic to the Black Sea, is indivisible and that the organization's doors remain open to all democracies...
    on Mar 26, 2008 By: John McCain Source: Bloomberg

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