- n. 勒索，敲诈；勒索所得之款
- vt. 勒索，敲诈
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black, 黑，此处指邪恶。mail, 此处指租金，贡金。来自16世纪苏格兰一些土匪向当地农民强制收租，类似保护费。
- blackmail: see mail
- blackmail (n.)
- 1550s, from black (adj.) + Middle English male "rent, tribute," from Old English mal "lawsuit, terms, bargaining, agreement," from Old Norse mal "speech, agreement;" related to Old English mæðel "meeting, council," mæl "speech," Gothic maþl "meeting place," from Proto-Germanic *mathla-, from PIE *mod- "to meet, assemble" (see meet (v.)). From the practice of freebooting clan chieftains who ran protection rackets against Scottish farmers. Black from the evil of the practice. Expanded c. 1826 to any type of extortion money. Compare silver mail "rent paid in money" (1590s); buttock-mail (Scottish, 1530s) "fine imposed for fornication."
- blackmail (v.)
- 1852, from blackmail (n.). Related: Blackmailed; blackmailing.
- 1. She was a prime target for blackmail, don't you see?
- 2. The tactics employed can range from overt bullying to subtle emotional blackmail.
- 3. That was a terrible case of blackmail in the paper today.
- 4. It looks like the pictures were being used for blackmail.
- 5. It's blackmail, pure and simple.
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