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in law, exaction of money from another by threatthreat,
in law, declaration of intent to injure another by doing an unlawful act, with a view to restraining his freedom of action. A threat is distinguishable from an assault, for an assault requires some physical act that appears likely to eventuate in violence, whereas a
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 of exposure of criminal action or of disreputable conduct. The term was originally used for the tribute levied until the 18th cent. upon the inhabitants of the Scottish border to provide immunity from raids by Scottish bands. Statutes often treat blackmail as a form of extortionextortion,
in law, unlawful demanding or receiving by an officer, in his official capacity, of any property or money not legally due to him. Examples include requesting and accepting fees in excess of those allowed to him by statute or arresting a person and, with corrupt
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See also Bribery.
Blackness (See NIGHT.)
Blasphemy (See APOSTASY.)
adventurer and extortionist. [Br. Lit.: Little Dorrit]
extorts to achieve personal ends. [Br. Lit.: Barnaby Rudge]
threatens murder and dishonor to bed Lucretia. [Rom. Lit.: Fasti; Livy; Br. Lit.: The Rape of Lucrece]
Wegg, Silas
attempts to blackmail Boffin. [Br. Lit.: Our Mutual Friend]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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The Minister of State said the state cannot be black mailed on any pretext nor the government will make any compromise on constitution.
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ONE of four animal rights activists who black mailed the owners of a guinea pig farm told police where they could find the body of Gladys Hammond, the 82-year-old Midland woman whose grave was robbed, a court heard today.
According to FIA spokesman, Jameela Begum of Lahore filed a complaint that accused Mehr Imtiaz Ali black mailed her daughter and harassed her.
He said that suspects were also black mailed people after making their video.
They had also supported Kashmir cause while India black mailed most of the European states in the name of boycott from various economic and business agreements.
Those who are corrupt should be curtailed instead of being black mailed, he stated.