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

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

Related to EXTORT

exact, wrest, wring
See Synonym Discussion at educe

Other Legal Terms

actionable, alienable, carceral, chattel, complicity, decedent, larceny, malfeasance, modus operandi


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