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extort

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verb ex·tort \ik-ˈstȯrt\

Simple Definition of extort

  • : to get (something, such as money) from a person by the use of force or threats

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of extort

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to obtain from a person by force, intimidation, or undue or illegal power :  wring; also :  to gain especially by ingenuity or compelling argument

extorter noun
extortive play \-ˈstȯr-tiv\ adjective

Examples of extort in a sentence

  1. The criminals extorted large sums of money from their victims.

  2. 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

educe, evoke, elicit, extract, extort mean to draw out something hidden, latent, or reserved. educe implies the bringing out of something potential or latent <educed order out of chaos>. evoke implies a strong stimulus that arouses an emotion or an interest or recalls an image or memory <a song that evokes warm memories>. elicit usually implies some effort or skill in drawing forth a response <careful questioning elicited the truth>. extract implies the use of force or pressure in obtaining answers or information <extracted a confession from him>. extort suggests a wringing or wresting from one who resists strongly <extorted their cooperation by threatening to inform>.

Law Dictionary

extort

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transitive verb ex·tort \ik-ˈstȯrt\

Legal Definition of extort

  1. :  to obtain (as money) from a person by force, intimidation, or undue or unlawful use of authority or power

extorter noun
extortive \-ˈstȯr-tiv\ play adjective


Origin of extort

Latin extortus, past participle of extorquere to remove by twisting, obtain by force, from ex- out + torquere to twist



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