blackmail - definition and synonyms

 
verb [transitive] 

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/ˈblækˌmeɪl/
present tense
I/you/we/theyblackmail
he/she/itblackmails
present participleblackmailing
past tenseblackmailed
past participleblackmailed
  1. 1
    to make someone give you money or do what you want by threatening to tell people embarrassing information about them

    Someone was trying to blackmail him with pictures of him and his mistress.

    blackmail someone into doing something:

    Susannah claims she was blackmailed into helping the men with the robbery.

  2. 2
    to use threats to persuade a person or government to do what you want

    The Prime Minister has said his government will not be blackmailed by the rebels.