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

Keep scrolling for more

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 Policy — not purported extortion, quid pro quo, collusion, etc. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Trump vs. the ‘Policy Community’," 12 Nov. 2019 The office reviews potential violations of ethics and elections laws, as well as bribery, misconduct, extortion, perjury or obstruction of justice cases involving public officials or government employees. Pamela Wood, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland Gov. Hogan names Charlton Howard as new state prosecutor for political corruption," 8 Nov. 2019 Ewais, who lives in Cleveland, pleaded guilty in July to eight charges, including Hobbs Act extortion; bribery and theft concerning a program receiving federal funds; and making a false statement to law enforcement. Eric Heisig, cleveland, "Former city of Cleveland engineer sentenced for extorting contractor on private paving job," 4 Nov. 2019 Perez left office in 2010 after he was convicted of accepting a bribe from a commercial contractor, and attempted extortion. Rebecca Lurye, courant.com, "Capturing moments from the campaign trail as Hartford nears Democratic mayoral primary," 7 Sep. 2019 Soto, 43, is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit extortion. Bethany Freudenthal, USA TODAY, "Man accused of force-feeding meth to cat used kitten in extortion attempt, court docs show," 27 Aug. 2019 Beausoleil later participated in the three-day torture and attempted extortion of Hinman, and then killed him, all on Manson’s orders. Aja Romano, Vox, "The Manson Family murders weren’t a countercultural revolt. They were about power, entitlement, and Hollywood.," 7 Aug. 2019 Elder and Natale-Hjorth will remain in custody because of the severity of the allegations of both homicide and attempted extortion, a judge ruled earlier this week. NBC News, "Italian says he was threatened by Americans accused of policeman's murder," 1 Aug. 2019 They are accused of aggravated murder and attempted extortion, police said. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Blindfolding Bay Area teen accused of killing officer ‘unacceptable,’ says Italian prosecutor — but interrogation is still valid," 31 July 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'extortion.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of extortion

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for extortion

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on extortion

What made you want to look up extortion? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

strength of mind

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Pass the Little Ribbons: A Pasta Word Quiz

  • pasta resembling wheels with spokes
  • Match the pasta to its meaning in English: Rotelle
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!