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
Within a few days, Hogan and Houston paid a visit to the Tampa, Florida, office of the FBI and accused Davidson of trying to extort Hogan.
Still others extorted or betrayed their Jewish neighbors.
Phillippe denied the accusations and filed a response claiming Hewitt was attempting to extort him.
The same day, Phillips falsely reported to the VA police that Kirk had threatened to kill her and was extorting her for money.
The supposed agent said McCrory was out to extort money from Davis and Davis could help the FBI's investigation by playing along with whatever McCrory said.
He was released on a $10,000 bond after being charged in federal court last week with transmitting interstate communications with the intent to extort and threat to injure.
But most often, the gangs extort money from the miners through a weekly or monthly vacuna.
Facebook toys with extorting publishers for access to their followers while allowing advertisers to promote fake news far and wide.
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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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