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blackmail,

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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Blackmail

See also Bribery.
Blackness (See NIGHT.)
Blasphemy (See APOSTASY.)
Rigaud
adventurer and extortionist. [Br. Lit.: Little Dorrit]
Rudge
extorts to achieve personal ends. [Br. Lit.: Barnaby Rudge]
Sextus
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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During questioning, he confessed that he got Dh7,360 from the woman after he blackmailed her and threatened to post her photos on Facebook," the lieutenant testified.
Malekides stood firm in his position and repeated that he never blackmailed anyone.
The police made inquiries into the man's social network profile and found out that he systematically blackmailed the other women on the Internet too.
Between March through May that year, Takahashi and Hayakawa then blackmailed Nagata for a total of 20 million yen, threatening to tell the bank's management about his unauthorized refunding of the deposits, the investigators said.
If Alfred accepts Bill's offer, and subsequently keeps mum, he should not be held to have blackmailed Bill.
If norm violators are blackmailed, another consequence is that group members will spend less time in self-conscious discussion of the norm.
Prakash Bajaj has alleged that he had been receiving numerous calls, in which Verma blackmailed and threatened him of leaking an objectionable video of his higher-ups.
A police lieutenant testified that the woman sent them an email complaint alleging that the accused had blackmailed her, threatening to tarnish her reputation, and forced her to send him money.
blackmailed the woman and threatened to post her images on Facebook if she did not pay him money.
However they were only handed over on October 22 in a manner that allegedly blackmailed MPs into passing them by November 5.
Islamabad -- Business tycoon Malik Riaz filed a first information report (FIR) at Lohi Bher police station against people he alleges have blackmailed him.
They (female students) have to understand that they must be very cautious in dealing with their male counterparts and immediately inform their parents if they are blackmailed.