Examples of extort in a Sentence
The criminals extorted large sums of money from their victims.
He was arrested for extorting bribes.
Recent Examples of extort from the Web
The footage confirmed reports that officers were picking people off the streets in the slums, holding them without charge and extorting money from their families.
Burnside and Hernandez are facing felony charges of kidnapping for ransom and attempting or threatening to extort.
In the last few days, one woman attempted to extort me for $500,000 only to recant her ridiculous claim.
In major attacks, hackers go after corporations or public infrastructure, either to extort lots of money or to inflict high-profile harm.
The affidavit alleges the hackers meant to use the malware to lock victims' computers and then extort payments from them to regain access.
Up to a million devices were hijacked to create the Mirai botnet which was used to extort companies and bring a university computer system in New Jersey to its knees.
Detroit Police Chief James Craig said this type of behavior -- officers extorting money from collision shops -- has been a problem for about 12 years at the DPD.
For decades, that culture used attractive people as tools to cajole the powerful, and rumors of affairs were used to extort favors.
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Did You Know?
To extort is literally to wrench something out of someone. Extortion is a mainstay of organized crime. Just as the school bully extorts lunch money from the smaller kids in exchange for not beating them up, thugs extort "protection" money from business owners with threats of violence. But that's only one kind of extortion; a mobster might extort favors from a politician with threats of revealing some dark secret, just as you might extort a favor from a brother or sister by promising not to tell on them.
Synonym Discussion of extort
- educed order out of chaos
- a song that evokes warm memories
- careful questioning elicited the truth
- extracted a confession from him
- extorted their cooperation by threatening to inform
EXTORT Defined for English Language Learners
legal Definition of extort
extortiveplay \-ˈstȯr-tiv\ adjective
Origin and Etymology of extort
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