how to pronounce blackmail


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blackmail is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of blackmail in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… lot like blackmail many city dwellers …”

meanings of blackmail


  1. The extortion of money by threats of public accusation, exposure, or censure.
  2. A form of protection money (or corn, cattle, etc.) anciently paid, in the north of England and south of Scotland, to the allies of robbers in order to be spared from pillage.
  3. Compromising material that can be used to extort someone, dirt.
  4. Black rent, or rent paid in corn, meat, or the lowest coin, as opposed to white rent, which was paid in silver.


  1. To extort money or favors from (a person) by exciting fears of injury other than bodily harm, such as injury to reputation, distress of mind, false accusation, etc.
  2. To speak ill of someone; to defame someone.

blackmail frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word blackmail occurs in english on average 1.9 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics blackmail can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that blackmail can be often used in the following areas:

1) business and work;

2) people, society, and culture;

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