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
Both Burnside and Hernandez are facing a felony charge of kidnapping for ransom and a felony count of attempting or threatening to extort.
Drummond in 2015 filed a lawsuit that alleges several lawyers, an advocacy group, and a Dutch competitor were involved in a criminal campaign to extort money from the company in connection with the union murder allegations.
Pitino said he was being extorted, and Sypher was later convicted.
For decades, that culture used attractive people as tools to cajole the powerful, and rumors of affairs were used to extort favors.
His convictions included trying to extort a children’s hospital for contributions and seeking to trade an appointment to Barack Obama’s vacated Senate seat for campaign cash.
Gondo’s bust led federal investigators to an alleged racketeering conspiracy by Baltimore police officers who were part of the Gun Trace Task Force, which prosecutors say robbed and extorted drug dealers.
His targets: Investigators said Hernandez has tried to extort more than 100 women in at least 10 U.S. Department of Justice districts.
Madrigal quickly filed motions arguing that the government's stake in the film rightfully belonged to him, since it had been illegally extorted.
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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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