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Meaning of BLOOD MONEY

Pronunciation:  blud 'munee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  paid to a hired murderer
  2. [n]  a reward for information about a murderer
  3. [n]  compensation paid to the family of a murdered person
 See Also: compensation, payment, reward



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Blood" mon`ey\
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.

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