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
In January, law enforcement officers murdered a South Korean businessman inside the Philippine National Police headquarters after kidnapping him under the guise of an anti-drugs operation and then extorting his relatives for ransom.
They are accused of extorting citizens, falsifying reports and collecting fraudulent overtime payments.
Tuesday’s order also warns government officials dealing with migrant workers against unethical behavior to accrue financial benefits, an apparent reaction to reports that officials extorted payments from employers or migrant workers.
But in this instance, the president conveyed his threat through government officials, using the power of his office — and public servants — to extort a display of sycophancy from two cable news hosts.
Several security experts questioned whether the effort to extort victims with computers hit by the virus was the main goal, or whether the unknown hackers behind the attack could have other motives.
Choi also faces separate charges, which have yet to be heard, of extortion, abuse of power and attempted fraud to extort bribes from business conglomerates.
He was also prosecuted federally for extorting more than $70,000 from another victim, authorities said.
Johnson, the county executive for Prince George's County, was accused of taking bribes totaling more than a million dollars in addition to tampering with evidence and extorting witnesses.
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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
EXTORT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of extort for English Language Learners
: to get (something, such as money) from a person by the use of force or threats
Origin and Etymology of extort
Latin extortus, past participle of extorquere to remove by twisting, obtain by force, from ex- out + torquere to twist
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