extortion

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noun ex·tor·tion \ik-ˈstȯr-shən\

Definition of extortion

  1. 1 :  the act or practice of extorting especially money or other property; especially :  the offense committed by an official engaging in such practice

  2. 2 :  something extorted; especially :  a gross overcharge

extortioner

play \ik-ˈstȯr-sh(ə-)nər\ noun

extortionist

play \ik-ˈstȯr-sh(ə-)nist\ noun

Examples of extortion in a Sentence

  1. He was arrested and charged with extortion.

  2. six dollars for a cup of coffee is just plain extortion

Recent Examples of extortion from the Web

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First Known Use of extortion

14th century


EXTORTION Defined for English Language Learners

extortion

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noun

Definition of extortion for English Language Learners

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


Law Dictionary

extortion

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noun ex·tor·tion \ik-ˈstȯr-shən\

Legal Definition of extortion

  1. 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. 2 :  the crime of extorting

extortionate

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extortioner

noun

extortionist

\-shə-nist\ play noun


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