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extortion

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noun ex·tor·tion \ik-ˈstȯr-shən\

Simple Definition of extortion

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

Full Definition of extortion

  1. 1 :  the act or practice of extorting especially money or other property; especially :  the offense committed by an official engaging in such practice

  2. 2 :  something extorted; especially :  a gross overcharge

ex·tor·tion·er play \-sh(ə-)nər\ noun
ex·tor·tion·ist play \-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>



14th Century

First Known Use of extortion

14th century

Rhymes with extortion



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