Blood Money

Blood money is, colloquially, the reward for betraying a criminal to justice

A common meaning in other contexts is the money-penalty paid by a murderer to the kinsfolk of the victim. These fines completely protect the offender (or the kinsfolk thereof) from the vengeance of the injured family. The system was common among the Scandinavian and Teutonic races previous to the introduction of Christianity, and a scale of payments, graduated according to the heinousness of the crime, was fixed by laws, which further settled who could exact the blood-money, and who were entitled to share it.

Blood money may refer to:

1. the reward for betraying a criminal to justice

2. Money paid by a killer as compensation to the next of kin of a murder victim

3. Money gained at the cost of another's life or livelihood.

4. paid to a hired murderer

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