|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|
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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