Definition of chantage in English:


Pronunciation /ˈtʃantɪdʒ//ʃɑ̃taːʒ//ˈtʃɑːntɪdʒ/


mass nounarchaic
  • The extortion of money by blackmail.

    • ‘I knew they had an infamous habit of chantage.’
    • ‘Magistrates are aware of receivers who are rich, and of men who live in luxury by chantage.’
    • ‘That was a bit of chantage that you did with Dauriat; he gave you a thousand crowns to let Nathan alone.’
    • ‘In the 18th century, when journalism was in its swaddling-clothes, chantage was practised by means of pamphlets.’
    • ‘Was it that he wanted to do a little chantage?’
    extortion, demanding money with menaces, exaction, intimidation
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Late 19th century: French.