extortion

noun
ex·​tor·​tion | \ ik-ˈstȯr-shən How to pronounce extortion (audio) \

Definition of extortion

1 : the act or practice of extorting especially money or other property especially : the offense committed by an official engaging in such practice
2 : something extorted especially : a gross overcharge

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Other Words from extortion

extortioner \ ik-​ˈstȯr-​sh(ə-​)nər How to pronounce extortioner (audio) \ noun
extortionist \ ik-​ˈstȯr-​sh(ə-​)nist How to pronounce extortionist (audio) \ 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 on the Web Nixon’s ’68 and ‘72 running mate, Spiro Agnew, resigned in disgrace in 1973 after being accused of bribery, extortion, and tax evasion during his tenure as Maryland governor. Jay Cost, National Review, "In Praise of Gerald Ford," 9 Sep. 2019 This attempt at extortion backfires in a way that could only happen to Greg. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "What Kind of Game Is Kendall Playing on Succession?," 2 Sep. 2019 Park was sentenced to 25 years in prison in 2018 for bribery, extortion, abuse of power, and other charges, while Choi was given 20 years for abuse of power, bribery, and interfering in government business. Jane Li, Quartz, "Samsung just can’t leave South Korea’s worst influence-peddling scandal behind," 29 Aug. 2019 The victim’s testimony in a Newport Beach courtroom came on the third day of the trial of Hossein Nayeri, 40, who is charged with two counts of kidnapping for extortion torture, aggravated mayhem and burglary. Daniel Langhorne, Daily Pilot, "Kidnapped Newport Beach dispensary owner testifies that captors tortured, mutilated him," 23 July 2019 Stachler gave the closing argument in the case, which included charges of bribery, extortion, tampering with evidence and perjury. Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "Longtime lawyer Robert Stachler, who defended Pete Rose and worked with Bengals, dies," 12 July 2019 Whatever time Panozzo receives in the extortion case will be served concurrently with his 18-year prison term handed down earlier this year for his conviction in a sweeping racketeering conspiracy brought in Cook County court. Jason Meisner, chicagotribune.com, "Reputed mob figure pleads guilty to extortion in beating of businessman," 19 June 2019 Gaughan also noted the Akron federal judge’s lenient sentence in the extortion case. Eric Heisig, cleveland.com, "Quadriplegic Akron man sentenced to 17 years for orchestrating drug deals from bed," 11 June 2019 Prosecutors in Hawaii's Kauai County are looking into multiple extortion cases tied to would-be rescuers during the island's devastating floods over the weekend, CBS affiliate KGMB-TV reports. Peter Martinez, CBS News, "Trapped residents, visitors in Hawaii victims of extortion, police say," 19 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of extortion

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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extortion

noun
How to pronounce extortion (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of extortion

: the crime of getting money from someone by the use of force or threats

extortion

noun
ex·​tor·​tion | \ ik-ˈstȯr-shən How to pronounce extortion (audio) \

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

Other Words from extortion

extortionate \ -​shə-​nət How to pronounce extortionate (audio) \ adjective
extortioner noun
extortionist \ -​shə-​nist How to pronounce extortionist (audio) \ noun

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