greenmail etymology

English word greenmail comes from English blackmail, English greenback

Detailed word origin of greenmail

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
blackmail English (eng) (transitive) To extort money or favors from (a person) by exciting fears of injury other than bodily harm, such as injury to reputation, distress of mind, false accusation, etc. (English, _, law, historical) Black rent, or rent paid in corn, meat, or the lowest coin, as opposed to white rent, which was paid in silver.. (archaic) A certain rate of money, corn, cattle, or other thing, [...]
greenback English (eng) (US) Any bill that is legal tender in the US (originally printed with green and black ink) issued by the Federal Reserve.. A unit of American currency issued during the Civil War by the Treasury Department.. The United States dollar.
greenmail English (eng) To profit from an attempted hostile takeover by forcing the target company to buy back the hostile bidder's shares at an inflated price. Profiting from an attempted hostile takeover by forcing the target company to buy back the hostile bidder's shares at an inflated price.

Words with the same origin as greenmail

Descendants of greenback
redback