blood money



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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of blood money

  • But he might have now been reminded that he too had received some of this blood-money.

    Joan of Arc

    Ronald Sutherland Gower

  • In the cab Winifred, knowing nothing of the blood-money in her brother's pocket, begged him not to vote for Mr. Burroughs.

  • What was done for the blood-money must be thoroughly undone.'

    Our Mutual Friend

    Charles Dickens

  • Overtures for “blood-money” were interrupted by an offended chief denouncing the exploring party.

    Explorers and Travellers

    Adolphus W. Greely

  • Interest is blood-money, Andres—and it's a new-fangled contrivance, too.

    Pelle the Conqueror, Complete

    Martin Anderson Nexo

British Dictionary definitions for blood money

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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