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blood money

  1. a fee paid to a hired murderer.
  2. compensation paid to the next of kin of a slain person.
  3. money obtained ruthlessly and at a cost of suffering to others.
  4. money paid to an informer in order to cause somebody to be arrested, convicted, or especially executed.
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Historical Examples of blood money

  • The insult of the father had released him from the blood-money for the son.

    Peter the Priest

    Mr Jkai

  • Raban, who begged for blood-money, was counting the copper coins which he had received.

  • 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

    Anzia Yezierska

  • 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

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