Simple Definition of extort
: to get (something, such as money) from a person by the use of force or threats
Examples of extort
The criminals extorted large sums of money from their victims.
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
Synonym Discussion of extort
Rhymes with extort
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