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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But Rabbi Seixas and the others, they said it was blood money and they wouldn’t accept it.
As for the Sunnah traditions, is it not reported of the Prophet (whom Allah save and assain!) that he appointed the blood money for a woman to be half that of a man.