Definition of extortion in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪkˈstɔːʃ(ə)n/


[mass noun]
The practice of obtaining something, especially money, through force or threats: he used bribery and extortion to build himself a huge, art-stuffed mansion [as modifier]: extortion rackets
More example sentences
  • Brute force, extortion, and bribery are not a policy, they are the last refuge of a mafioso.
  • At the least, we can ask that American citizens not pay extortion money to enemy governments in a time of war.
  • The underworld is once again making extortion threats to Bollywood figures.
demanding money with menaces, exaction, extraction, blackmail;
North American  shakedown



Pronunciation: /ɪkˈstɔːʃ(ə)nə/
Example sentences
  • It's all about cost of living, and husbandry, and sustainability, and not spending the rest of your life - as an individual or a business - paying blackmail to extortioners.
  • Mr Prasad, however, refused to name the extortioners.
  • According to the reports, many of these extortioners are recently released prisoners.


Middle English: from late Latin extortio(n-), from Latin extorquere 'wrest' (see extort).

Words that rhyme with extortion

abortion, apportion, caution, contortion, distortion, portion, proportion, retortion, torsion
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