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Definitions and Synonyms of blackmail | Another word for blackmail | What is blackmail?

Definition 1: extortion of money by threats to divulge discrediting information - [noun denoting act]

(blackmail is a kind of ...) the felonious act of extorting money (as by threats of violence)

Definition 2: obtain through threats - [verb of possession]

(blackmail is a kind of ...) obtain through intimidation

(blackmail belongs to category ...) (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act

"a long record of crimes"

Synonyms for blackmail in the sense of this definition

(blackmail is a kind of ...) have and exert influence or effect

"The artist's work influenced the young painter" "She worked on her friends to support the political candidate"

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