blood money

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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 ?
If it was even mentioned in her hearing, she shuddered and referred to it, with melodramatic fervour, as 'my husband's blood-money!'
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.
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.
'I know it,' repeated the man, quietly, 'as well as I know that you and George Radfoot were one together in more than one dark business; and as well as I know that you, Roger Riderhood, conspired against an innocent man for blood-money; and as well as I know that I can--and that I swear I will!--give you up on both scores, and be the proof against you in my own person, if you defy me!'
While the remains of Jim Hall were discovered on a dozen mountain-sides by greedy claimants for blood-money.