noun ex·tor·tion \ik-ˈstr-shən\

: the crime of getting money from someone by the use of force or threats

Full Definition of EXTORTION

:  the act or practice of extorting especially money or other property; especially :  the offense committed by an official engaging in such practice
:  something extorted; especially :  a gross overcharge
ex·tor·tion·er \-sh(ə-)nər\ noun
ex·tor·tion·ist \-sh(ə-)nist\ noun

Examples of EXTORTION

  1. He was arrested and charged with extortion.
  2. <six dollars for a cup of coffee is just plain extortion>

First Known Use of EXTORTION

14th century

Other Business Terms

amortize, caveat emptor, clearinghouse, divest, due diligence, emolument, green-collar, marque, overhead, perquisite


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