Definition of Blood money

1. Noun. Compensation paid to the family of a murdered person.

Generic synonyms: Compensation

2. Noun. A reward for information about a murderer.
Generic synonyms: Reward

3. Noun. Paid to a hired murderer.
Generic synonyms: Payment

Definition of Blood money

1. Noun. Money paid by a killer, or on his behalf, to one of his victims' next of kin. ¹

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Medical Definition of Blood money

1. 1. Money paid to the next of kin of a person who has been killed by another. 2. Money obtained as the price, or at the cost, of another's life; said of a reward for supporting a capital charge, of money obtained for betraying a fugitive or for committing murder, or of money obtained from the sale of that which will destroy the purchaser. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Blood Money

blood heat
blood is thicker than water
blood island
blood islet
blood kinship
blood knot
blood knots
blood libel
blood libels
blood lily
blood line
blood lust
blood lymph
blood meal
blood mole
blood money (current term)
blood motes
blood orange
blood pH
blood physiology
blood plasma
blood plasma fractions
blood plastid
blood platelet
blood platelets
blood poisoning
blood poisonings
blood pool imaging

Literary usage of Blood money

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1. A History of England from the Conclusion of the Great War in 1815: New by Sir Spencer Walpole (1913)
"l " Blood-money," as the parliamentary reward was commonly ... As blood-money was only offered for particular offences, it was the interest of the police ..."

2. The Origin and Development of the Moral Ideas by Edward Westermarck (1906)
"His relatives then pay ddit, or blood-money, to the family of the victim, but this only prevents the offended party from taking revenge on any of them, ..."

3. An Exegetical Commentary on the Gospel According to S. Matthew by Alfred Plummer (1910)
"Mt. says that the traitor, in remorse, returned the blood-money,2 and committed suicide by hanging, the place of his death not being stated. ..."

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