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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 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, "What you need to know about coronavirus on Friday, March 13," 13 Mar. 2020 Americans are paying extortionate amounts of money for testing and quarantine. Isabella Steger, Quartz, "China is taking pleasure in US mishandling of coronavirus," 5 Mar. 2020 Nimble startups nibbled away at conventional lenders’ market share in the extortionate business of moving money across borders. The Economist, "2019 in review: trade wars and tech battles," 25 Dec. 2019 Rents are extortionate in the cities people most want to move to. The Economist, "Domestic migrationWhy people should leave the countryside," 14 Nov. 2019 Bale is cashing in instead of playing football and Real Madrid are wasting an extortionate amount of money. SI.com, "The 10 Worst Contracts in World Football," 11 July 2019 The hearings on Trump’s extortionate Ukraine scheme will be quickly followed by the drawing up of articles of impeachment, a House vote, a Senate trial—the mechanisms of the constitutional process. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "Is Trump Already Winning on Impeachment?," 8 Nov. 2019 The extortionate smuggling fees leave many migrants in a state of bondage. Washington Post, "Vietnamese turn to traffickers to help chase fortunes abroad," 1 Nov. 2019 Skolnick is charged with one count each of production of child pornography, receipt of child pornography, possession of child pornography, child enticement and making extortionate communications. Ben Sales, sun-sentinel.com, "FBI releases new details on Jewish day school administrator’s child pornography scheme," 18 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of extortionate

1747, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Extortionate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extortionate. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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