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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How to use blood money in a sentence
They have the right to demand either execution or “blood money,” a hefty ransom that spares the life of the accused.
As he handed out blood money, Weston writes about not having the answer then—or now.
The mother was adamant: she would not accept blood money for the death of her child.Friends Speak Out on Iranian Blogger Sattar Beheshti’s Alleged Torture | Omid Memarian | November 15, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
And I love the juxtaposition of the tenderness and the gentleness with his daughter and showing her this blood money.Bryan Cranston Picks 13 Favorite ‘Breaking Bad’ Moments | Bryan Cranston | July 12, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
A trailer for yet another anti-Romney film, called “blood money.”Republican Political Ads in Florida: Why Romney's Are Best | Judith Grey | January 28, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
"I have it here," said the boss, and he took the blood-money bank-roll from his pocket and removed the rubber band.The Wreckers | Francis Lynde
I think he was glad as it was blood money in a way (if you can call a moustache blood) that it should go back to Maitland.The Romance of His Life | Mary Cholmondeley
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
What's your percentage of the blood-money, Mr. Harrington Surtaine?The Clarion | Samuel Hopkins Adams
They could not sustain themselves a moment but for the loans made to them by these blood-money loan-mongers.No Treason, Vol. VI. | Lysander Spooner
British Dictionary definitions for blood money
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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