Meaning of “emotional blackmail” in the English Dictionary


"emotional blackmail" in English

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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 mothers feel guilty for going to work.

emotional blackmailnoun [ U ]

uk /ɪˌməʊ.ʃən.əl ˈblæk.meɪl/ us /ɪˌmoʊ.ʃən.əl ˈblæk.meɪl/

(Definition of “emotional blackmail” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)