Meaning of blood money

blood' mon"ey

Pronunciation: [key]
  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 esp. executed.
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