• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Chantage shan-täj′ extortion of money by threats of scandalous revelations.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

I have resolved to turn steady and give up play, and I have done a little 'chantage' to pay my debts.
"A Distinguished Provincial at Paris" by Honore de Balzac
As infamous a case of threatening and chantage as I ever heard of.
"Colonel Starbottle's Client and Other Stories" by Bret Harte
There are in London and every large city scores of men and women who live by blackmailing or chantage.
"Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology" by W. G. Aitchison Robertson