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extort

verb ex·tort \ik-ˈstrt\

: to get (something, such as money) from a person by the use of force or threats

Full Definition of EXTORT

transitive verb
:  to obtain from a person by force, intimidation, or undue or illegal power :  wring; also :  to gain especially by ingenuity or compelling argument
ex·tort·er noun
ex·tor·tive \-ˈstr-tiv\ adjective
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Examples of EXTORT

  1. The criminals extorted large sums of money from their victims.
  2. He was arrested for extorting bribes.

Origin of EXTORT

Latin extortus, past participle of extorquēre to wrench out, extort, from ex- + torquēre to twist — more at torture
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of EXTORT

educe, evoke, elicit, extract, extort mean to draw out something hidden, latent, or reserved. educe implies the bringing out of something potential or latent <educed order out of chaos>. evoke implies a strong stimulus that arouses an emotion or an interest or recalls an image or memory <a song that evokes warm memories>. elicit usually implies some effort or skill in drawing forth a response <careful questioning elicited the truth>. extract implies the use of force or pressure in obtaining answers or information <extracted a confession from him>. extort suggests a wringing or wresting from one who resists strongly <extorted their cooperation by threatening to inform>.

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