Definition of extortion
extortionerplay \ik-ˈstȯr-sh(ə-)nər\ noun
extortionistplay \ik-ˈstȯr-sh(ə-)nist\ noun
Examples of extortion in a Sentence
He was arrested and charged with extortion.
six dollars for a cup of coffee is just plain extortion
Recent Examples of extortion from the Web
A 2015 report by the New York Times, supported with data from Rand Corp., put annual tax and extortion revenue higher, at $600 million in 2014.
Many of Singer’s fellow lawyers watched gleefully when, in 2011, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge found that one Singer letter amounted to criminal extortion.
The lawsuit also contains more egregious allegations of kidnapping and extortion by bounty hunters and assertions that the companies violated state and federal racketeering laws through those underlying offenses.
The first Star Wars Battlefront disappointed many thanks to its disjointed design, DLC that almost felt like extortion, and a complete lack of a single-player mode.
Before sunrise Feb. 13, Homeland Security Investigations agents arrested a dozen men with ties to El Salvador on suspicion of extortion, drug trafficking and gang activity.
The ransom demand brings to mind the recent extortion attempt from hackers that gained early copies of Netflix's Orange is the New Black.
Broderick has pleaded guilty to extortion and is scheduled to be sentenced later this month.
That man, Wesley Victor, and his girlfriend had been ordered by a judge to produce a pass code to phones suspected of containing text messages showing their collusion in the extortion plot.
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First Known Use of extortion
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Definition of extortion for English Language Learners
: the crime of getting money from someone by the use of force or threats
Legal Definition of extortion
1 : the act or practice of extorting especially money or other property; specifically : the act or practice of extorting by a public official acting under color of office
2 : the crime of extorting
extortionate\-shə-nət\ play adjective
extortionist\-shə-nist\ play noun
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