blood money

  1. a fee paid to a hired murderer.

  2. compensation paid to the next of kin of a slain person.

  1. money obtained ruthlessly and at a cost of suffering to others.

  2. money paid to an informer in order to cause somebody to be arrested, convicted, or especially executed.

Words Nearby blood money Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use blood money in a sentence

  • A trailer for yet another anti-Romney film, called “blood money.”

  • "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

blood money

  1. compensation paid to the relatives of a murdered person

  2. money paid to a hired murderer

  1. a reward for information about a criminal, esp a murderer

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