- a fee paid to a hired murderer.
- compensation paid to the next of kin of a slain person.
- money obtained ruthlessly and at a cost of suffering to others.
- money paid to an informer in order to cause somebody to be arrested, convicted, or especially executed.
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Examples from the Web for blood money
The insult of the father had released him from the blood-money for the son.Peter the Priest
Raban, who begged for blood-money, was counting the copper coins which he had received.Complete Short Works
If a citizen be killed, there is a subscription for blood-money.
Is it nothing by you how I painted up your house with my own blood-money?Hungry Hearts
Can you not see that, in one sense, in a sort of way, it is almost like blood-money?Mrs. Dorriman, Volume 3 of 3
Julie Bosville Chetwynd
- compensation paid to the relatives of a murdered person
- money paid to a hired murderer
- a reward for information about a criminal, esp a murderer
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