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blackmail

noun [U]  us   /ˈblækˌmeɪl/
the act of threatening to harm someone or someone's reputation unless the person does as you say, or a payment made to someone who has threatened to harm you or your reputation if you fail to pay the person: Reckless behavior made him an easy target for blackmail.
blackmail
verb [T]  us   /ˈblækˌmeɪl/
The guy who blackmailed my father went to jail.
Translations of “blackmail”
in Korean 협박…
in Arabic ابْتِزاز…
in Portuguese chantagem…
in Catalan xantatge…
in Japanese 脅迫, 恐喝…
in Italian ricatto…
in Chinese (Traditional) 敲詐,勒索,訛詐…
in Russian шантаж…
in Turkish şantaj…
in Chinese (Simplified) 敲诈,勒索,讹诈…
in Polish szantaż…
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