Payment of money exacted by means of intimidation; also, extortion of money from a person by threats of public accusation, exposure, or censure.
To extort money from by exciting fears of injury other than bodily harm, as injury to reputation, distress of mind, etc.; as, to blackmail a merchant by threatening to expose an alleged fraud.
Any payment induced by or through modation, by use of threats of injurious information or accusations. (A technique frequently used by unethical debt collection agencies.)
A person is guilty of blackmail if with a view to gain for themselves or another or with intent to cause loss to another, they make any unwarranted demand with menaces, and for this purpose a demand with menaces is unwarranted unless the person making it does so in the belief - (a) that he has reasonable grounds for making the demand; and (b) that the use of the menaces is a proper means of reinforcing the demand
extortion of money by threats to divulge discrediting information
exert pressure on someone through threats
obtain through threats
An illegal demand for money or property under threat of harm or exposure of undesirable acts.
Coercion by threats especially of public exposure or criminal prosecution for monetary gain.
Demanding payment from a person in return for not revealing something shameful about them.
Any payment obtained by intimidation, threats of injurious revelations or accusations. The extortion of this payment. A general term covering a number of statutory offences involving obtaining money and other property by using threats of violence, threats to accuse of a crime, or other menacing conduct. Making an unwarranted demand with menaces with a view to gain or to cause a loss, for example, threatening to publish embarrassing material unless something is done in return, such as money or favours.
A form of extortion in which a threat is made to disclose a crime or other social disgrace.
Blackmail is act of threatening to reveal information about a person unless the threatened party fulfills certain demands. This information is usually of an embarrassing or socially damaging nature.