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extort

Syllabification: ex·tort
Pronunciation: /ikˈstôrt
 
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Definition of extort in English:

verb

Obtain (something) by force, threats, or other unfair means: he was convicted of trying to extort $1 million from a developer
More example sentences
  • There are many registered cases of police using the threat of arrest to extort a lot of money from the husband's family.
  • Federal forces routinely extort money from detainees' relatives as a condition for release.
  • The police often use torture or the threat of torture to extort money.
Synonyms
force, extract, exact, wring, wrest, screw, squeeze, obtain by threat(s), blackmail someone for
informal put the bite on someone for
soak, rook

Origin

early 16th century: from Latin extort- 'wrested', from the verb extorquere, from ex- 'out' + torquere 'to twist'.

Derivatives

extorter

1
noun
Example sentences
  • And we ought to prosecute the people who are the extorters.
  • Berlusconi Says Business Was Victim, Not Extorter.
  • Animal-rights activists are exploiting loopholes that, for example, prevent the use of extortion law unless the extorter seeks personal gain.

extortive

2
adjective
Example sentences
  • The threat that ‘THEY will destroy you’ is extortive, and we have seen this in the careers of US Congresspersons who opposed or criticized THEM.
  • The extortive power of the rebels is easily demonstrated by blowing up the pipeline.
  • Grants, under certain conditions, can also contribute to increased domestic revenue mobilisation which in turn pushes tax administrations towards more extortive and less accountable dealings with tax payers.

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