ex·​tor·​tion·​ate | \ik-ˈstȯr-sh(ə-)nət \

Definition of extortionate 

1 : characterized by extortion

2 : excessive, exorbitant extortionate prices

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extortionately adverb

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Supporters who weren't fortunate enough to get tickets through Arsenal are now having to pay extortionate amounts. SI.com, "Arsenal Ticket Prices Soar to Extortionate Heights as Arsene Wenger Prepares for Final Home Game," 4 May 2018 Mauricio Pochettino insists that he and his players are unconcerned by Daniel Levy's extortionate salary, claiming that the Spurs chairman 'deserves it' for his work in funding the club's new stadium. SI.com, "Mauricio Pochettino Insists Tottenham Players Are 'Not Concerned' by Daniel Levy Salary Raise," 7 Apr. 2018 However, the £35m fee offered by Beijing has proven too extortionate to compete with, with Bakambu’s switch to China now seeming imminent. SI.com, "Villarreal Striker Cedric Bakambu Set for £35m Switch to China Despite Interest From PL Sides," 7 Jan. 2018 Some tickets prices have seen hikes of over 30%, and fans of both clubs have hit out at English Football's governing body for charging 'extortionate' fees. SI.com, "'Exploitation': Furious Man Utd & Chelsea Fans Call Out FA Over Cup Final Ticket Price Hikes," 24 Apr. 2018 From $329 Basics Hotels that pretend to be dog friendly yet charge extortionate fees are my literal pet peeve. New York Times, "At a Denver Hotel, Art, Yoga Mats and Loaner Bikes," 7 Apr. 2018 Tottenham Hotspur could face something of a player mutiny over their salaries, after details emerged of Daniel Levy's extortionate wage in north London. SI.com, "Spurs Facing Squad Mutiny Over Wage Structure Amid Excessive Daniel Levy Pay Rise," 4 Apr. 2018 In 2009, after Hurriyet aired corruption allegations against a religious charity close to Mr Erdogan’s government, the finance ministry slapped the group with an extortionate tax fine of $2.5bn (later reduced to about $600m). The Economist, "Turkey’s last big independent media firm is snapped up by a regime ally," 27 Mar. 2018 Once in China, defectors must rely on smugglers who charge extortionate rates to evade Chinese security and North Korean agents. Jane Perlez, BostonGlobe.com, "Case of 5 North Korean defectors shows risks of Chinese route," 25 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of extortionate

1747, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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