: the act or practice of extorting especially money or other property; especially : the offense committed by an official engaging in such practice
Examples of EXTORTION
- He was arrested and charged with extortion.
- <six dollars for a cup of coffee is just plain extortion>
First Known Use of EXTORTION
extortion noun (Concise Encyclopedia)
Unlawful exaction of money or property through intimidation or undue exercise of authority. It may include threats of physical harm, criminal prosecution, or public exposure. Some forms of threat, especially those made in writing, are occasionally singled out for separate statutory treatment as blackmail. See also bribery.
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