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
Four members of Teamsters Local 25 are accused of trying to extort producers of the non-union company for jobs in June 2014, according to Page Six.
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.
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.
In his defense, Barnett took the stand to say there was no murder plot and that Thomas extorted him for the money using physical violence – knocking out his teeth, injured his left shoulder, and smacking his private parts.
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.
Then there was a more aggressive approach, an email from someone using the name Guccifer400, who Kushner says tried to extort the Trump campaign to the tune of 52 bitcoin for not publishing Trump’s tax return.
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.
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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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