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 school board has for 40 years used the threat of teacher cuts to extort more funds from the Legislature.
She was charged and jailed on numerous counts, including bribery and abuse of power, related to a scheme with a confidant to extort millions of dollars from South Korean conglomerates, including Samsung, the nation's largest company.
The former minority leader of the state’s House of Representatives is effectively extorting oil and gas companies to backfill the budget while engineering what could be a handsome payday for his friends at a politically connected law firm.
My grandparents had to leave El Salvador after being extorted for money.
In Libya, the smugglers herd the Africans together, beat them, sometimes rape them and extort money.
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.
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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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