from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Money paid by a killer as compensation to the next of kin of a murder victim.
- n. Money gained at the cost of another's life or livelihood.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Money paid by a killer, or on his behalf, to one of his victims' next of kin.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See in the Vocabulary.
- Money paid to the next of kin of a person who has been killed by another.
- 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Money paid as the price of blood.
- n. A percentage of the earnings of compositors working on profitable piece-work exacted for the benefit of brother workmen on less profitable work: practised in a few newspaper houses only, and almost obsolete.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. paid to a hired murderer
- n. compensation paid to the family of a murdered person
- n. a reward for information about a murderer
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