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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]
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FIR contains information pertaining to Malik Riaz being blackmailed by three individuals.
Mustafa, headmaster of a private school in Sharjah who did not want his last name published, told Khaleej Times that several school students end up getting blackmailed as a result of affairs they have.
During the communication on the Internet, the attacker has allegedly blackmailed the woman for her "lifestyle that he didn't like.
Pereira said another businessman, Saji, was also been blackmailed by the women.
So let us accept for a moment the prime minister's assertion that "we are being blackmailed.
What are the blackmailed hiding for the documents with which they were blackmailed to have the status of confidential.
A representative for the model said: "Katie has been helping police after a third party was blackmailed.
A representative for the model said yesterday: "Katie has been helping police after a third party was blackmailed.
Answering another person who asked why she was "acknowledging this scumbag," she said: "To make a point that I will never be blackmailed.
A COVENTRY University student will face a retrial over claims that he blackmailed the daughter of F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone.
The couple are alleged to have blackmailed Cardiff restaurant owner Agron Hoxha after allegedly lending him pounds 10,000.
He added that if a woman is blackmailed because she was involved in an illicit relationship but confesses she is not punished because confession is the first step towards redemption.