blood money

blood money

noun
1.
a fee paid to a hired murderer.
2.
compensation paid to the next of kin of a slain person.
3.
money obtained ruthlessly and at a cost of suffering to others.
4.
money paid to an informer in order to cause somebody to be arrested, convicted, or especially executed.
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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

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blood money

compensation paid by an offender (usually a murderer) or his kin group to the kin group of the victim. In many societies blood money functions to prevent the continuation of hostilities in the form of a feud (q.v.). Some customs allow the injured party the choice of punishing the murder by blood vengeance or by blood money.

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