Simple Definition of extortion
: the crime of getting money from someone by the use of force or threats
Full Definition of extortion
extortionerplay \-sh(ə-)nər\ noun
extortionistplay \-sh(ə-)nist\ noun
Examples of extortion in a sentence
He was arrested and charged with extortion.
<six dollars for a cup of coffee is just plain extortion>
First Known Use of extortion
Legal Definition of extortion
1 : the act or practice of extorting especially money or other property; specifically : the act or practice of extorting by a public official acting under color of office
2 : the crime of extorting
extortionate\-shə-nət\ play adjective
extortionist\-shə-nist\ play noun
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