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blackmail

threatening pressure which is put on someone

TRANSLATION

blackmail = Erpressung to blackmail = erpressen to blackmail sb. = jemanden erpressen

STATISTICS

IN THE PRESS

Blackmail is the crime of threatening to reveal substantially true information about a person to the public, a family member, or associates unless a demand made upon the victim is met.

This information is usually of an embarrassing or socially damaging nature. As the information is substantially true, the act of revealing the information may not be criminal ...; the crime is making demands to withhold it.

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black-mail
noun (and verb)

: the forcing of someone (to give money, or other favours) by often written threats especially of public exposure, physical harm, or criminal prosecution

to blackmail
transitive verb

black-mail-er
person who practices this

Synonyms
blackmail, coercion, compulsion, demand, exaction, extortion, force, fraud, leg pulling, oppression, payoff, payola, pressure, protection, racket, rapacity, shake, shakedown, squeeze


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