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To force (someone) to do something by using threats or manipulating their feelings.
E.g. CNN threatened to broadcast a Reddit posters personal information to over 2 billion people worldwide unless he took down and apologised for a hilarious meme he (allegedly) made of president Trump wrestling CNN WWF style, that is actually blackmail.
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Blackmail refers to a situation that arises when a person threatens another person with some form of punishment if they do not offer some form of concessions. Blackmail is usually the result of one person somehow obtaining embarassing information about another and threatening to disclose it unless some form of payment (money or favors) is offered. The term originates from the words "black" and "mail", which referred to the dark or threatening nature of the letters (mail) that were received detailing the threat. Although blackmail usually entails paying a price to obtain another person's silence about an embarassing situation, it need not involve an actual event before it can be conducted. The threat of embarassing someone for a contrived event can be enough to conduct blackmail effectively, provided the threat is believable.
Jesse Jackson's Rainbow/PUSH Coalition frequently tells companies that if they do not donate to their cause and hire their members, they will accuse them of racism and organize commerce-damaging protests. Whether any racism exists or not, the threat of income loss and negative publicity is enough to extract blackmail money.
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The act of using previously attained or recently attained information, to make the victim do what you want or else you reveal this information that would affect them.
Lady : " I saw you having sex with Sheryl."

Guy : "What?! You did?!"

Lady : "Yep, So unless you have sex with me too, I'll tell."
- Lady is Fugly"
Guy : " You can't Black Mail me!"

Lady : "Orly? I have you on tape."

Guy : "Damn it, Fine."
by Anti-Cancer December 24, 2010
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noun: a horrible or funny embarrassing picture of a friend or someone that you know that you are able to use against them
verb: (to) blackmail; to take an embarrassing picture or to use an embarrassing picture against somebody.
i'm blackmailing him with a baby picture!
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(n): 1. term used to describe any electronic communication (i.e. mail, message) sent via a mobile device that causes or influences workers to be tethered and ready to answer at any time for fear of employment loss (derived from the original Blackberry combined with e-mail). 2. any such mobile e-mail that renders the recipients captive regardless of hour or day.
The people at my office might send a Black-mail to me on my Smartphone. If we hang out, I may need to run
by alphabravo212 October 23, 2011
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A mail addressed to someone who is black is called blackmail.
by downloader676 April 23, 2011
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