blackmail vs extortion

blackmail extortion


  • 1) archaic A certain rate of money, corn, cattle, or other thing, anciently paid, in the north of England and south of Scotland, to certain men who were allied to robbers, or moss troopers, to be by them protected from pillage.
  • 2) English law Black rent, or rent paid in corn, flesh, or the lowest coin, a opposed to white rent, which paid in silver.
  • 3) Payment of money exacted by means of intimidation; also, extortion of money from a person by threats of public accusation, exposure, or censure.
  • 4) Extortion of money or something else of value from a person by the threat of exposing a criminal act or discreditable information.
  • 5) Tribute formerly paid to freebooters along the Scottish border for protection from pillage.
  • 6) Something of value, especially money, extorted in this manner.
  • 7) (Eng. Law) Black rent, or rent paid in corn, flesh, or the lowest coin, a opposed to “white rent”, which paid in silver.
  • 8) A certain rate of money, corn, cattle, or other thing, anciently paid, in the north of England and south of Scotland, to certain men who were allied to robbers, or moss troopers, to be by them protected from pillage.
  • 9) to extort money by threats, as of injury to one's reputation.
  • 10) extortion of money by threats to divulge discrediting information
  • 11) Hence Extortion in any mode by means of intimidation, as the extortion of money by threats of accusation or exposure, or of unfavorable criticism in the press.
  • 12) Rent paid in produce, or in baser money, in opposition to rent paid in silver.
  • 13) A tribute of money, corn, cattle, or the like, anciently paid, in the north of England and in Scotland, to men who were allied with robbers, to secure protection from pillage.
  • 14) transitive To extort money from by exciting fears of injury other than bodily harm, such as injury to reputation, distress of mind, false accusation, etc.; as, to blackmail a merchant by threatening to expose an alleged fraud.
  • 15) exert pressure on someone through threats
  • 16) obtain through threats
  • 17) To extort money or goods from, by means of intimidation or threats of injury of any kind, as exposure of actual or supposed wrong-doing, etc. See the noun.
  • 18) United States To extort money from by exciting fears of injury other than bodily harm, as injury to reputation, distress of mind, etc..


  • 1) The practice of extorting money or other property by the use of force or threats.
  • 2) Illegal use of one's official position or powers to obtain property, funds, or patronage.
  • 3) An excessive or exorbitant charge.
  • 4) The act or an instance of extorting something, as by psychological pressure.
  • 5) That which is extorted or exacted by force.
  • 6) (Law) The offense committed by an officer who corruptly claims and takes, as his fee, money, or other thing of value, that is not due, or more than is due, or before it is due.
  • 7) The act of extorting; the act or practice of wresting anything from a person by force, by threats, or by any undue exercise of power; undue exaction; overcharge.
  • 8) an exorbitant charge
  • 9) the felonious act of extorting money (as by threats of violence)
  • 10) unjust exaction (as by the misuse of authority)
  • 11) The act of extorting; the act or practice of wresting anything from a person by force, duress, menace, authority, or any undue exercise of power; oppressive or illegal exaction, as of excessive price, rent, or interest.
  • 12) In law, strictly, the crime of obtaining money or other property, or service, from another under color of public office, when none is due, or not so much is due, or before it is due. In some of the United States, however, a wider meaning is given to the word by statute.
  • 13) That which is extorted; a gross overcharge: as, the price you paid was an extortion.


  • 1) On the other hand, if their hearts were really set on her services, they could all too easily blackmail her.
  • 2) They're professionals, Drago, they don't give in to intimidation and blackmail.
  • 3) He had film in there to blackmail a whole battalion of US military officers.
  • 4) ‘Police treated the approach as blackmail and brought charges against him last October.’
  • 5) ‘It is, after all, free information usable for blackmail, theft or provoking a crippling system breakdown.’
  • 6) ‘A 23-year-old man branded the UK's worst spammer has been jailed for six years for a string of offences including blackmail and threatening to kill.’
  • 7) ‘The offence of blackmail broadens the current offence of extortion by certain threats.’
  • 8) ‘In the ensuing litigation, this was portrayed as blackmail - a serious offence that has a maximum prison term of 14 years.’
  • 9) ‘Other charges for blackmail, witness intimidation and perverting the course of justice were dropped earlier this year.’
  • 10) ‘The two accused appeared in court yesterday on charges of kidnapping, robbery and blackmail.’
  • 11) ‘I do not trust people to make sound judgments, to take care of the information of others or to be beyond blackmail, corruption or plain greed.’
  • 12) ‘Access to highly personal information may also play a role in crimes like bribery and blackmail, and involve individuals both within and outside of government offices.’
  • 13) ‘He could use bribery, blackmail, and other forms of coercion to keep his dishonored promises in circulation.’
  • 14) ‘Charges of blackmail peaked in the inter-war decades of the 1920s and 1930s and have been declining since.’
  • 15) ‘I refer to a judge who's put himself at grave risk of blackmail, entrapment, compromise and hypocrisy.’
  • 16) ‘Detectives called at her home the same day and she was charged with blackmail following a police inquiry.’
  • 17) ‘As well as being able to impose military discipline on members, the organisation can raise millions of pounds through robberies, smuggling, extortion, blackmail.’
  • 18) ‘Extortion, blackmail and protection money are part of the daily life of the slums.’
  • 19) ‘The opportunities for police bargaining, threats, blackmail, and coercion to become an informer are unlimited.’
  • 20) ‘He was sentenced to eight years and nine months in prison in 1991 for blackmail, robbery and illegal possession of fire arms.’
  • 21) ‘It was a stupid thing to say considering the threat of blackmail right there in front of me.’
  • 22) ‘Soon he finds himself caught up in a web of blackmail, corruption, and multiple murders, which start piling up in rapid succession.’
  • 23) ‘Had he videotaped their escapades with threats of blackmail?’
  • 24) ‘He was embezzling in order to pay blackmail over a fight he was involved in, in which a person died.’
  • 25) ‘He had in fact suggested several times that it might be necessary to pay blackmail to silence the burglars who broke into party headquarters.’
  • 26) ‘He had to do a very public confession, because it was shown that he was paying blackmail.’
  • 27) ‘Denying the second payment was blackmail, he said their meeting wasn't a big deal or boxing match, but an easy deal.’
  • 28) ‘A pox doctor's clerk knew all the personal details of the patients, so he had ample opportunities to supplement his income by blackmail.’
  • 29) ‘In cases of forced marriage the force can be emotional blackmail or other forms of psychological pressure.’
  • 30) ‘Five years on, her husband is facing a charge for assault - the culmination of a marriage which descended into emotional blackmail, abuse and violence.’
  • 31) ‘Unwilling girls might be subjected to threats, ranging from physical violence and being locked up, to subtle emotional blackmail.’
  • 32) ‘I have enough of my own guilt, without this emotional blackmail!’
  • 33) ‘Some of the man-bashing and emotional blackmail seems a bit of a cop out when sections of the production are effectively dramatic and poetically lyrical.’
  • 34) ‘Could it be that folks are wising up to this kind of calculated emotional blackmail?’
  • 35) ‘Clear-sightedness is only possible when one is not distracted by jargon, and psycho-babble or intimidated by emotional blackmail.’
  • 36) ‘In other words, we can't afford to properly police copyright laws so we'll try and use emotional blackmail to keep people in line.’
  • 37) ‘There's a tightrope to walk between honesty and hysteria, emotional blackness and emotional blackmail.’
  • 38) ‘I make statements that I know are deeply hurtful and unfair and essentially commit emotional blackmail.’
  • 39) ‘There was nothing he could do to stop her, except for using the emotional blackmail which she seemed to have become so good at.’
  • 40) ‘I hope voters everywhere will treat this blackmail with the contempt it deserves.’
  • 41) ‘Nobody wants the horrific slaughterhouse of war or the unbridled blackmail of terrorism but nobody wants to see evil flourish either.’
  • 42) ‘Another topic whose exposure might be threatened is the dictator's use of oil blackmail and bribery in influencing a wide variety of nations.’
  • 43) ‘They accuse the hedge funds of blackmail - holding out and refusing to agree to a deal until they secure a larger payout for themselves - at the expense of other creditors.’
  • 44) ‘Many of us are convinced that the dictator will acquire nuclear weapons fairly soon and subject any nation to nuclear blackmail.’
  • 45) ‘Italy's foreign minister described that demand as blackmail.’
  • 46) ‘It's all a matter of good, solid business practice; a matter of turning a spiritual profit and of responding prudently to spiritual blackmail.’
  • 47) ‘The country may continue to be a safe haven for terrorists and use it as bargaining leverage to extract further concessions from us through continuous blackmail.’
  • 48) ‘Subsequently peer pressure and blackmail of friendship are often major contributing pull factors.’
  • 49) ‘Other gangs have resorted to blackmailing doctors monthly in return for their personal safety.’
  • 50) ‘She was blackmailing people for money, but I didn't find any names or any dirty information, just that.’
  • 51) ‘Once the hackers gain access to systems they download proprietary information, customer databases, and credit card information before trying to blackmail victims.’
  • 52) ‘Mother wouldn't hesitate to blackmail someone for money.’
  • 53) ‘That being said, know that if you ever try to blackmail me with this information, I will take you to the Tower myself.’
  • 54) ‘He was looking for information he might blackmail me with; he knows who I am, who my father is.’
  • 55) ‘Needless to say, if I ever wanted to make some quick money and blackmail someone, he would be the guy.’
  • 56) ‘Taking the witness stand at the trial of the photographer who she claims tried to blackmail her, Diaz revealed that she thinks that she looked good.’
  • 57) ‘He used his Mafia links to blackmail politicians and build his influence.’
  • 58) ‘This piece of information isn't enough to blackmail him.’
  • 59) ‘I grilled him until we reached the border, and learned an amazing amount of information that would be useful if I ever wanted to blackmail him.’
  • 60) ‘I really don't know why, but I every once in a while I got hold of information I could use to blackmail people.’
  • 61) ‘I trudged to my room, all the way muttering about how she would blackmail me with this little bit of information.’
  • 62) ‘If you're being blackmailed by someone, turning around and blackmailing him back is just as illegal as the first crime.’
  • 63) ‘Frank frowned at him and growled slightly, ‘Are you trying to blackmail me, assassin?’’
  • 64) ‘She's using her police connections to blackmail money out of me.’
  • 65) ‘It just seemed like they wanted information, and it turned out that blackmailing a student was the easiest way to go about it.’
  • 66) ‘When the murder victim discovered the affair, he began blackmailing her, thus giving him motivation for carrying out the murder.’
  • 67) ‘Historically the clan made a living stealing cattle and blackmailing people.’
  • 68) ‘One aggressive addict blackmailed him and threatened to harm his daughter, who was away at university.’
  • 69) ‘The liberals use this fact to blackmail him, trying to force him to vote for their candidate.’
  • 70) ‘Because once you allow your nation to be blackmailed by the threat of force, you're doomed.’
  • 71) ‘I'm not threatening you or blackmailing you with friendship so that you vote my way.’
  • 72) ‘He used the children to blackmail me; he threatened to take them away from me.’
  • 73) ‘But he urged the company to stand firm so potential investors knew employers ‘will not be blackmailed by irresponsible threats from unions’.’
  • 74) ‘It is unethical to effectively blackmail a player into giving up his rights with the threat of removal from the team.’
  • 75) ‘Maybe I could blackmail her into letting me listen to it by threatening to inform the world of her favourite film.’
  • 76) ‘Now, the unions have taken over the role of blackmailing the work force.’
  • 77) ‘We've been blackmailed with this threat for years.’
  • 78) ‘But he's still our guardians and… he also has control over your medical treatment… he'll threaten me, blackmail me.’
  • 79) ‘In order to manipulate and blackmail his boss, Jack beats himself up by making it appear that his boss was responsible.’
  • 80) ‘Speakers stressed the difference between the healthy tradition of arranged marriage, where the couple genuinely consent, and forced marriage, where they are threatened or blackmailed by their families.’
  • 81) ‘He continued to avoid answering my question of how he had been blackmailed into going to Italy, and our communications were more letters between friends than anything else.’
  • 82) ‘Of course, it is wrong to nag, pressurise, coax, cajole or emotionally blackmail one's offspring into providing grandchildren.’
  • 83) ‘Do you think any politician would be willing to admit ‘Yes, I was threatened and blackmailed into supporting government policy that I didn't agree with’?’
  • 84) ‘If they are aware of their rights, they are either coerced or emotionally blackmailed into giving up their share in the interest of maintaining harmonious relations with their families.’
  • 85) ‘Everywhere, workforces are played off against one another and blackmailed into making concessions with the threat that production will be moved.’
  • 86) ‘I didn't see any indication that anyone was being threatened or blackmailed or otherwise induced against their will into serving in this capacity.’
  • 87) ‘We are blackmailed into believing the money is needed for education and the elderly, but every year we pay more and receive less.’
  • 88) ‘Mindy informed her friend that she could remember everything and attempted to blackmail her into leaving John.’


  • 1) The next year he and 16 others were found guilty of charges including extortion and murder.
  • 2) They have also been involved in drug smuggling and extortion.
  • 3) But the family that thrives on violence and extortion can't lie low for long.
  • 4) The men are charged with extortion, drug trafficking and robbery.
  • 5) He has already been sentenced in absentia to multiple life terms for murder, extortion and drug trafficking.
  • 6) Those who can, take to the boats where they become prey to extortion and murder by human traffickers.
  • 7) They know the terrain, they invest in construction and have highly efficient companies which allow them to launder money from extortion and drugs.
  • 8) A couple's extortion attempt goes wrong.
  • 9) All were accused of drugs and arms trafficking, money laundering, extortion and conspiracy to murder.
  • 10) He was jailed for six years in Munich after admitting fraud, attempted fraud and attempted extortion.
  • 11) They have remained out of the public eye since, but their lawyers flew to the Bahamas to notify police of the extortion attempt.
  • 12) Their pertinacity in extortion is said to be marvellous.
  • 13) But Jean-Philippe Chauzy, a spokesman for the IOM, said interviews with 14 Libyan migrants reaching Lampedusa on three vessels over the weekend confirmed a pattern of payments to officials, which he characterized as extortion.
  • 14) He claimed his former employee try to blackmail him and said he paid her what he called extortion money and was afraid to go to authorities.
  • 15) They are involved in extortion, kidnapping, robberies, etc.etc. -- and many of their crimes are against normal citizens (tianguis vendors, small business owners) not just the wealthy.
  • 16) In addition to drug trafficking, authorities say, the Zetas are involved in extortion, kidnapping, producing pirated CDs and DVDs, sales of alcohol and migrant smuggling.
  • 17) They are involved in extortion, kidnapping, robberies, etc.etc. -- and many of their crimes are against normal citizens (tianguis vendors, small business owners) not just the wealthy. jennifer rose
  • 18) For them the threat of kidnapping and extortion is what concerns them the most and, I would argue, this phenomenon is ubiquitous throughout the Republic.
  • 19) ‘Brute force, extortion, and bribery are not a policy, they are the last refuge of a mafioso.’
  • 20) ‘At the least, we can ask that American citizens not pay extortion money to enemy governments in a time of war.’
  • 21) ‘The underworld is once again making extortion threats to Bollywood figures.’
  • 22) ‘It used to be that the gangs would never demand extortion money from the bars or restaurants in their own neighbourhoods.’
  • 23) ‘She is said to have made a roaring business out of extortion and prostitution.’
  • 24) ‘The offence of blackmail is broadened from the current offence of extortion by certain threats.’
  • 25) ‘The evidence was that the threats made to him as a result of his failure to pay extortion money on the coffee plantation in Risaralda continued there.’
  • 26) ‘Several times, the family had to pay extortion money to get him released from the illegal custody.’
  • 27) ‘For instance, extortion threats against online bookmakers have become an increasing problem in recent months.’
  • 28) ‘Firms who experience such extortion threats should contact the police, Barrett advises.’
  • 29) ‘There was no extortion or threat that J.D. could avoid charges if he acted in some manner.’
  • 30) ‘Bribery puts dirty money into the hands of politicians, but corrupt politicians are exposed to extortion from mafiosos.’
  • 31) ‘It's not gang turf warfare over drugs, prostitution, extortion or anything like that.’
  • 32) ‘He also runs a number of extortion rackets and has been convicted for damaging bars in and around Belfast.’
  • 33) ‘This technology is just too well suited to industry extortion for that not to be a significant driving force behind it.’
  • 34) ‘But charging extra is a bad practice and it is nothing short of extortion.’
  • 35) ‘They are on a mission to attain power by using economic extortion to dictate what people are allowed to eat.’
  • 36) ‘Corruption and extortion are constant themes in the local press.’
  • 37) ‘If a policeman or a civilian asks for payment, remember extortion is a criminal offence no matter who does it.’
  • 38) ‘They cheated their own people and used extortion against them in doing the overlords' dirty work.’

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