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
Six years, five months and 11 days after she was sentenced to prison for trying to extort cash, cars and a house from University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino, Karen Cunagin Sypher’s sentence officially expires Friday.
Four Boston Teamsters are being charged with trying to extort no-show jobs from Bravo’s Top Chef back in 2014, as well as threatening members of the show’s crew, including host Padma Lakshmi.
Scam artists have been trying to extort ransom from dozens of people in Southern California by claiming to hold their relatives hostage in a telephone scheme spanning at least three states, according to the FBI.
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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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