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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extortionately adverb

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American children with killjoy parents—the kind who think places like Disneyland are tawdry and extortionate—are blessed with an ally in Stephen M. Silverman. Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, "‘The Amusement Park’ Review: Ups & Downs of the Funfair Biz," 24 May 2019 Mangala was signed by Manuel Pellegrini in 2014 for an extortionate fee of £42m. SI.com, "Man City to Let Outcast Defender Eliaquim Mangala Leave for Free This Summer," 17 July 2019 In Lanzhou, a city of nearly 3.7 million along the Yellow River and the ancient Silk Road in Gansu Province, dozens of former distributors have accused the company of abetting extortionate practices that left them in debt. Ryan Mcmorrow And Steven Lee Myers, New York Times, "Amway Made China a Billion-Dollar Market. Now It Faces a Crackdown.," 8 Jan. 2018 The Red Devils are prepared to pay Leicester's extortionate asking price, but Maguire will reject their advances in favour of joining the four-time Premier League winners. SI.com, "Harry Maguire Wants Manchester City Move as Leicester Play Hardball Over Proposed Fee," 25 June 2019 The average teacher’s salary in California is around $79,000, which is 50% more than in Texas, but that does not stretch far because of the extortionate cost of living. The Economist, "Public educationPublic education in both California and Texas is poor," 20 June 2019 As a name of opprobrium: spec. applied to a grasping or extortionate person. Sara Lipton, The New York Review of Books, "A Terribly Durable Myth," 17 June 2019 The Dutch defender started to pay off the extortionate £74m The Reds invested in him with a late winner in the Merseyside derby last night to send his new club through to the FA Cup Fourth Round. SI.com, "Southampton Will Receive Less Than £17m This Month for Virgil Van Dijk's Transfer to Liverpool," 6 Jan. 2018 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

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First Known Use of extortionate

1747, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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