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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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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.
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.
A 39-year-old former employee of Tokyo Sowa Bank, which was declared insolvent in June 1999, has been arrested on a charge of embezzling customers' deposits after being blackmailed, police sources said Wednesday, adding that his two suspected blackmailers were also arrested.
The last time states were blackmailed by the feds, Ronald Reagan was president.
If the respondents are rich and vulnerable enough, they are blackmailed.
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.
Dutee's elder sister Saraswati Chand on Monday told ANI that the sprinter's partner "pressurised and blackmailed" her for wealth and property.
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According to details, the FIA Cyber Crime Wing arrested a 34-year-old man named Shahid from Karachi on a young girl's complaint.The girl had alleged that the man blackmailed her using her photos and demanded money.
He urges any person, who is being blackmailed, to not think twice before reaching out to the law enforcement authorities in the UAE.
Dubai: A former shooting champion and her coach have been accused of having consensual sex, after he blackmailed her and threatened to post their sex videos on social media.