verb (used with object)
- blackmore, richard doddridge,
- blackmun, harry andrew,
Origin of blackmail
Examples from the Web for blackmail
Plus, his known drug dealings certainly made him vulnerable to blackmail.The Deal With Serial’s Jay? He’s Pissed Off, Mucks Up Our Timeline|Emily Shire|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Americans are giving in to North Korean blackmail—and it will only get worse.The Sony Hack and America’s Craven Capitulation To Terror|David Keyes|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Back in England, Hitchcock made the transition from silents to sound with Blackmail, Britain's first talkie.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
VanDyke confirmed the attack on his website, writing that SEA had emailed him a blackmail threat.
The more accomplished students took classes in safe-cracking, burglary, blackmail, and confidence games.Meet 'The Queen of Thieves' Marm Mandelbaum, New York City's First Mob Boss|J. North Conway|September 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We have had to pay her blackmail regularly, like the other artists, for we are obliged to go home after midnight.The Son of Clemenceau|Alexandre (fils) Dumas
She does not admit that the entries are the wythes of blackmail.Idling in Italy|Joseph Collins
Do you suppose he'd have hesitated to blackmail me if I'd compromised myself with his wife?The Doctor's Dilemma|George Bernard Shaw
The police, of course, shared in the plunder, and dabbled in every species of blackmail.Eastern Nights - and Flights|Alan Bott
The chance seemed certain: his money was paid; his letters were returned; never had blackmail gone on smoother wheels.The Relentless City|Edward Frederic Benson
Word Origin for blackmail
1550s, from black (adj.) + Middle English male "rent, tribute," from Old English mal "lawsuit, terms, bargaining, agreement," from Old Norse mal "speech, agreement;" related to Old English mæðel "meeting, council," mæl "speech," Gothic maþl "meeting place," from Proto-Germanic *mathla-, from PIE *mod- "to meet, assemble" (see meet (v.)). From the practice of freebooting clan chieftains who ran protection rackets against Scottish farmers. Black from the evil of the practice. Expanded c.1826 to any type of extortion money. Cf. silver mail "rent paid in money" (1590s); buttock-mail (Scottish, 1530s) "fine imposed for fornication."
1852, from blackmail (n.). Related: Blackmailed; blackmailing.