blackmail NOUN 1) the demanding of money from someone in return for not revealing discreditable information. 2) the use of threats or manipulation in an attempt to influence someone's actions.
VERB subject to blackmail.
DERIVATIVES blackmailer noun.
ORIGIN from obsolete mail «tribute, rent», from Old Norse, 'speech, agreement' .

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