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blood money

n.
1. Money paid by a killer as compensation to the next of kin of a murder victim.
2. Money gained at the cost of another's life or livelihood.

blood money

n
1. compensation paid to the relatives of a murdered person
2. money paid to a hired murderer
3. a reward for information about a criminal, esp a murderer

blood′ mon`ey


n.
1. a fee paid to a hired murderer.
2. compensation paid to the next of kin of a slain person by the slayer or the slayer's relatives.
3. money obtained at a cost of suffering to others.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.blood money - compensation paid to the family of a murdered person
compensation - something (such as money) given or received as payment or reparation (as for a service or loss or injury)
2.blood money - a reward for information about a murderer
reward - payment made in return for a service rendered
3.blood money - paid to a hired murderer
payment - a sum of money paid or a claim discharged
Translations

blood money

ndenaro sporco (somma pagata ad un killer o per una delazione)
References in classic literature ?
It was famous, too, for the pillory, a wise old institution, that inflicted a punishment of which no one could foresee the extent; also, for the whipping-post, another dear old institution, very humanising and softening to behold in action; also, for extensive transactions in blood-money, another fragment of ancestral wisdom, systematically leading to the most frightful mercenary crimes that could be committed under Heaven.
Meanwhile the people were gathered in assembly, for there was a quarrel, and two men were wrangling about the blood-money for a man who had been killed, the one saying before the people that he had paid damages in full, and the other that he had not been paid.
Let us take blood-money, a little more than is offered by the slayer, and we will say no more about it.
Diana, pleased and embarrassed, got herself away, and poor Anne, after flinging the innocent check into her bureau drawer as if it were blood-money, cast herself on her bed and wept tears of shame and outraged sensibility.
While the remains of Jim Hall were discovered on a dozen mountain-sides by greedy claimants for blood-money.