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[ik-stawr-shuh-nist] /ɪkˈstɔr ʃə nɪst/
a person who engages in extortion.
Origin of extortionist
1880-85; extortion + -ist Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • They could charge extortionist's tolls during peak hours.
  • They suggested that he had made the tapes for extortionist purposes and had threatened their clients with them.
  • Even then, it is unlikely that the persons behind the fraudulent calls and extortionist threats would obey a court order.
  • Be sure to tell them that you're being targeted by an extortionist and give them all the details.
  • When the extortionist went to pick up the money, agents swooped in and caught him.
  • Compromises multiply and build up when you're working against a skilled extortionist or manipulator.
Word Origin and History for extortionist

1885, from extortion + -ist. Earlier in the same sense were extorter (1590s), extortioner (late 14c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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