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Meaning of “emotional blackmail” in the English Dictionary

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emotional blackmail

the ​act of using a person's ​feelings of ​kindness, ​sympathy, or ​duty in ​order to ​persuade them to do something or ​feel something: This is just ​emotional blackmail to make ​mothersfeelguilty for going to ​work.

emotional blackmailnoun [U]

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