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

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Other charges levelled at the Juve fans include criminal association, money laundering, extortion and violence. SI.com, "Police Arrest 12 Members of Juventus Ultras Club on Numerous Charges," 16 Sep. 2019 In Reyes’ situation, the extortion came via phone call. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Asylum seekers targeted by kidnappers, extortionists and traffickers while waiting in Mexico," 29 July 2019 Most people in Tripoli want a government able to collect the rubbish and put an end to the militias’ extortion and turf wars. The Economist, "A warlord’s offensive against Tripoli is flagging," 4 July 2019 Funeral directors were historically accused of extortion and hucksterism. Anna Lauren Hoffmann, Quartz, "The language we use to describe data can also help us fix its problems," 18 June 2019 There have also been instances of extortion and kidnappings under similar circumstances. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "A dramatic suicide threat puts the spotlight on the deeply disturbed Indian employee," 4 June 2019 For the moment, then, Nike is playing the victim of an extortion attempt. oregonlive, "A federal investigation into Nike? Just do it: Steve Duin," 8 Sep. 2019 Within hours of the extortion case breaking, CNN cut ties with him. Christopher Weber, The Seattle Times, "Celebrity lawyer Geragos linked to Avenatti extortion case," 26 Mar. 2019 To threaten a 17% property tax hike if voters reject the trash ordinance is shameless extortion. Letter Writers, Twin Cities, "Letters: FYI to new students: This state needs better accountants," 1 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of extortion

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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extortion

noun

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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