Questions about example sentences with, and the definition and usage of "Blackmailing"

Synonyms of "Blackmailing" and their differences

Q: What is the difference between Blackmailing and Extortion ?
A: "Extortion" is using threats or violence to force someone to give you money (or something else of value), especially when it does not belong to you.

"Blackmail" is when you have secret/embarrassing knowledge about (or photos of) a person and you threaten to publish the information (or photos) unless the person pays you money.

Often the leverage used in blackmail cases involves knowledge about illegal activities, evidence of infidelity/adultery, or compromising photos of the person (e.g. involving nudity/sex).

Meanings and usages of similar words and phrases

Latest words


HiNative is a platform for users to exchange their knowledge about different languages and cultures. We cannot guarantee that every answer is 100% accurate.

Newest Questions
Topic Questions
Recommended Questions