ex·​tor·​tion·​ate | \ ik-ˈstȯr-sh(ə-)nət How to pronounce extortionate (audio) \

Definition of extortionate

1 : characterized by extortion
2 : excessive, exorbitant extortionate prices

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Other Words from extortionate

extortionately adverb

Examples of extortionate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It’s about divorce; it’s about the extortionate cost of dance class. Amanda Whiting, Vulture, 3 Oct. 2021 Of course, with the defensive midfielder being English, his price tag is already extortionate, which is putting off several Premier League sides from making a move early in the transfer window. Liam Canning, Forbes, 28 May 2021 The power imbued in the minority to stop extortionate generational bills — the cost now estimated somewhere over $6 trillion — is just as valid as the power the majority uses to propose them. David Harsanyi, National Review, 3 May 2021 Given the extortionate cost of flying private (a one-way flight from Delhi to Abu Dhabi can cost as much as $20,000), many of the not-quite-so-wealthy Indians are flying to the nearest country that will take them. Ollie Williams, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021 In 1887 he was invited to resume the presidency of the Northern Pacific but drove it into receivership by loading it with extortionate loans to himself. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 2 Mar. 2021 The ban -- which only applies to foreign nationals, not American citizens -- has triggered widespread confusion, extortionate re-booking fees and frantic Googling. Eliza Mackintosh, CNN, 13 Mar. 2020 Americans are paying extortionate amounts of money for testing and quarantine. Isabella Steger, Quartz, 5 Mar. 2020 Nimble startups nibbled away at conventional lenders’ market share in the extortionate business of moving money across borders. The Economist, 25 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of extortionate

1747, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Oct 2021

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“Extortionate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extortionate. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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