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I want my books to explore motives which make people think, 'Wow! Imagine the psychological state you'd have to be in for that to be your motive!' Whereas things like blackmail, jealousy - they're rational reasons for committing murder.
Sophie Hannah

Meaning of "blackmail" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD BLACKMAIL

See black, mail³.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF BLACKMAIL

blackmail  [ˈblækˌmeɪl] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF BLACKMAIL

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Blackmail is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb blackmail in English.

WHAT DOES BLACKMAIL MEAN IN ENGLISH?

blackmail

Blackmail

Blackmail is an act, often a crime, involving unjustified threats to make a gain or cause loss to another unless a demand is met. It may be defined as coercion involving threats of physical harm, threat of criminal prosecution, or threats for the purposes of taking the person's money or property. It is the name of a statutory offence in the United States of America, England and Wales, Northern Ireland, and Victoria, Australia, and has been used as a convenient way of referring to other offences, but was not a term of art in English law before 1968. It originally meant payments rendered by settlers in the Counties of England bordering Scotland to chieftains and the like in the Scottish Lowlands, in exchange for protection from Scottish thieves and marauders into England. Blackmail may also be considered a form of extortion. Although the two are generally synonymous, extortion is the taking of personal property by threat of future harm. Blackmail is the use of threats to prevent another from engaging in a lawful occupation and writing libelous letters or letters that provoke a breach of the peace, as well as use of intimidation for purposes of collecting an unpaid debt.

Definition of blackmail in the English dictionary

The first definition of blackmail in the dictionary is the act of attempting to obtain money by intimidation, as by threats to disclose discreditable information. Other definition of blackmail is the exertion of pressure or threats, esp unfairly, in an attempt to influence someone's actions. Blackmail is also to exact or attempt to exact from by threats or intimidation; extort.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO BLACKMAIL

PRESENT

Present
I blackmail
you blackmail
he/she/it blackmails
we blackmail
you blackmail
they blackmail
Present continuous
I am blackmailing
you are blackmailing
he/she/it is blackmailing
we are blackmailing
you are blackmailing
they are blackmailing
Present perfect
I have blackmailed
you have blackmailed
he/she/it has blackmailed
we have blackmailed
you have blackmailed
they have blackmailed
Present perfect continuous
I have been blackmailing
you have been blackmailing
he/she/it has been blackmailing
we have been blackmailing
you have been blackmailing
they have been blackmailing
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I blackmailed
you blackmailed
he/she/it blackmailed
we blackmailed
you blackmailed
they blackmailed
Past continuous
I was blackmailing
you were blackmailing
he/she/it was blackmailing
we were blackmailing
you were blackmailing
they were blackmailing
Past perfect
I had blackmailed
you had blackmailed
he/she/it had blackmailed
we had blackmailed
you had blackmailed
they had blackmailed
Past perfect continuous
I had been blackmailing
you had been blackmailing
he/she/it had been blackmailing
we had been blackmailing
you had been blackmailing
they had been blackmailing
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will blackmail
you will blackmail
he/she/it will blackmail
we will blackmail
you will blackmail
they will blackmail
Future continuous
I will be blackmailing
you will be blackmailing
he/she/it will be blackmailing
we will be blackmailing
you will be blackmailing
they will be blackmailing
Future perfect
I will have blackmailed
you will have blackmailed
he/she/it will have blackmailed
we will have blackmailed
you will have blackmailed
they will have blackmailed
Future perfect continuous
I will have been blackmailing
you will have been blackmailing
he/she/it will have been blackmailing
we will have been blackmailing
you will have been blackmailing
they will have been blackmailing
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would blackmail
you would blackmail
he/she/it would blackmail
we would blackmail
you would blackmail
they would blackmail
Conditional continuous
I would be blackmailing
you would be blackmailing
he/she/it would be blackmailing
we would be blackmailing
you would be blackmailing
they would be blackmailing
Conditional perfect
I would have blackmail
you would have blackmail
he/she/it would have blackmail
we would have blackmail
you would have blackmail
they would have blackmail
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been blackmailing
you would have been blackmailing
he/she/it would have been blackmailing
we would have been blackmailing
you would have been blackmailing
they would have been blackmailing
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you blackmail
we let´s blackmail
you blackmail
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to blackmail
Past participle
blackmailed
Present Participle
blackmailing
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH BLACKMAIL


airmail
ˈɛəˌmeɪl
antifemale
ˌæntɪˈfiːmeɪl
bergmehl
ˈbɜːɡˌmeɪl
camail
ˈkæmeɪl
e-mail
ˈiːmeɪl
facemail
ˈfeɪsˌmeɪl
female
ˈfiːmeɪl
graymail
ˈɡreɪˌmeɪl
greenmail
ˈɡriːnˌmeɪl
mail
meɪl
maill
meɪl
male
meɪl
metafemale
ˌmɛtəˈfiːmeɪl
metamale
ˈmɛtəˌmeɪl
remail
riːˈmeɪl
snail-mail
sneɪl meɪl
supermale
ˈsuːpəˌmeɪl
v-mail
ˈviːmeɪl
vermeil
ˈvɜːmeɪl
webmail
ˈwɛbˌmeɪl

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE BLACKMAIL

blackjack oak
blackland
blacklead
blackleg
blacklegged
blacklegging
blacklist
blacklister
blacklisting
blackly
blackmailer
Blackmore
blackness
blackout
blackout curtains
blackpoll
Blackpool
Blackshirt
blacksmith
blacksnake

WORDS THAT END LIKE BLACKMAIL

certified mail
chain mail
coat of mail
direct mail
electronic mail
emotional blackmail
express mail
fan mail
hate mail
junk mail
metered mail
nixie mail
snail mail
surface mail
voice mail

Synonyms and antonyms of blackmail in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «BLACKMAIL»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «blackmail» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of blackmail

Translation of «blackmail» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF BLACKMAIL

Find out the translation of blackmail to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of blackmail from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «blackmail» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

勒索
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

chantaje
570 millions of speakers

English

blackmail
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

ब्लैकमेल
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

اِبْتِزاز
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

шантаж
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

chantagem
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

ব্ল্যাকমেল
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

chantage
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Memeras ugut
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Erpressung
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

恐喝
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

협박
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Ngemut
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

sự tống tiền
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

மிரட்டல்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

ब्लॅकमेल
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

şantaj
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

ricatto
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

szantaż
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

шантаж
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

șantaj
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

εκβιασμός
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

afpersing
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

utpressning
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

utpressing
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of blackmail

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «BLACKMAIL»

The term «blackmail» is quite widely used and occupies the 29.535 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «BLACKMAIL» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about blackmail

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10 QUOTES WITH «BLACKMAIL»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word blackmail.
1
Jean Cocteau
Emotion resulting from a work of art is only of value when it is not obtained by sentimental blackmail.
2
Chris Colfer
I'm really not good blackmail material.
3
Rafael Correa
We won't tolerate abuses and crimes made every day in the name of freedom of speech. That is freedom of extortion and blackmail.
4
Rafael Correa
The Ecuadorean and Latin American press is not like the European or North American press, which has some professional ethics. They are used to being above the law, to blackmail, to extort.
5
Alberto Fujimori
In fact, this is a blackmail of the terrorists at the expense of the suffering of the hostages.
6
Ben Goldacre
More academics should blog, post videos, post audio, post lectures, offer articles and more. You'll enjoy it: I've had threats and blackmail, abuse, smears and formal complaints with forged documentation.
7
Larry Hagman
As J.R. I could get away with anything - bribery, blackmail and adultery. But I got caught by cancer. I do want everyone to know that it is a very common and treatable form of cancer. I will be receiving treatment while working on the new 'Dallas' series.
8
Sophie Hannah
I want my books to explore motives which make people think, 'Wow! Imagine the psychological state you'd have to be in for that to be your motive!' Whereas things like blackmail, jealousy - they're rational reasons for committing murder.
9
Kim Jong-un
The days are gone forever when our enemies could blackmail us with nuclear bombs.
10
Robin Morgan
Friendship is mutual blackmail elevated to the level of love.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «BLACKMAIL»

Discover the use of blackmail in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to blackmail and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Emotional Blackmail: When the People in Your Life Use Fear, ...
" "How can you be so selfish..." Do any of the above sound familiar? They're all examples of emotional blackmail, a powerful form of manipulation in which people close to us threaten to punish us for not doing what they want.
Susan Forward, Donna Frazier, 1998
2
Blackmail
Story behind the movie.
Tom Ryall, British Film Institute, 1993
3
Blackmail
Sara Palmer receives an alarming call from her brother, George, who threatens to give her daughter to a child pornography ring unless she pays him off.
Hilda Stahl, 1990
4
Nuclear Blackmail and Nuclear Balance
Using declassified documents and other sources, this volume examines those crises and compares the decisionmaking processes of leaders who considered nuclear threats with the commonly accepted logic of nuclear deterrence and coercion.
Richard K. Betts
5
Sexual Blackmail: A Modern History
And as middle-class notions of sexual respectability emerged, so in tandem did sexual blackmail.
Angus McLaren, 2002
6
Blackmail (Mills & Boon Love Inspired Suspense)
Another facility's been sabotaged!
Robin Caroll, 2012
7
Ill-Gotten Gains: Evasion, Blackmail, Fraud, and Kindred ...
With its startling conclusions and myriad twists, this book will fascinate all those intrigued by the perplexing relationship between morality and law.
Leo Katz, 1996
8
The Blackmail Baby (Mills & Boon Modern) (Penny Jordan ...
Penny Jordan needs no introduction as arguably the most recognisable name writing for Mills & Boon.
Penny Jordan, 2013
9
Mediterranean Billionaire's Blackmail Bargain
When Alicia turns up at Dante D'Aquanni's Italian villa claiming he's responsible for her sister's pregnancy, he's furious.
Abby Green, 2008
10
Bedded by Blackmail / Millionaire's Secret Seduction (Mills ...
Bedded by Blackmail Robyn Grady Tristan Barkley had sworn off romance.
Robyn Grady, Jennifer Lewis, 2010

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «BLACKMAIL»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term blackmail is used in the context of the following news items.
1
Teen, 13, held over nude video blackmail
PETALING JAYA - A 13-year-old boy has been picked up for allegedly threatening to circulate photos and videos of a naked girl masturbating. «AsiaOne, Jul 15»
2
The Beautiful Historic Victory of the NO. Greek Citizens Refuse …
Greek Citizens Refuse Creditors' Blackmail ... victory of the No shows again that the Greek citizens refuse to accept the creditors' blackmail. «Center for Research on Globalization, Jul 15»
3
The Greek People Have Voted 'No!' to Austerity and Economic …
In the end, of course, the Greek people voted by a landslide (61% to 38%)against European austerity demands that Tsipras labeled “blackmail” ... «ThisCantBeHappening!, Jul 15»
4
Greece says NO to EU blackmail
Despite this, the majority of courageous Greek people voted NO to blackmail. We don't know what is going to happen next, but whatever ... «Iranian, Jul 15»
5
National Front MEP: EU must not blackmail Serbia
National Front MEP: EU must not blackmail Serbia. Serbia is a European nation and has its full-fledged place in the EU - "but Serbia's EU entry ... «B92, Jul 15»
6
10 things to know about former Cowboys WR Michael Irvin: The …
On top of a handful of other incidents over the years, Irvin claimed to be the victim of blackmail in 2007 when he was accused of assaulting a ... «Dallas Morning News, Jul 15»
7
Greek people showed in vote they 'don't bow to blackmail': Defence …
"The Greek people proved they don't bow to blackmail, to terror, to threats, democracy has won," tweeted Kammenos, the leader of the junior ... «Economic Times, Jul 15»
8
Pop-up cinema to show Alfred Hitchcock's Blackmail in Saffron Walden
Alfred Hitchcock's film Blackmail will be screened in Saffron Walden with live accompaniment by the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Saffron Screen ... «Herts and Essex Observer, Jul 15»
9
The no rally was bigger than any protest since 2012 (Pic: Workers …
Blackmail. “This is something that has been used to blackmail Syriza all along–and it looks as if that blackmail will continue. “But we have to ask ... «Socialist Worker, Jul 15»
10
Greece: The Blackmail Of Auste... GAYETI SINGH
LONDON: Chaos is a Greek concept. According to Greek mythology, chaos was the origin of everything. It was the primordial void, the source ... «Google, Jul 15»

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