ex-tort

extort

[ik-stawrt]
verb (used with object)
1.
Law.
a.
to wrest or wring (money, information, etc.) from a person by violence, intimidation, or abuse of authority; obtain by force, torture, threat, or the like.
b.
to take illegally by reason of one's office.
2.
to compel (something) of a person or thing: Her wit and intelligence extorted their admiration.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English (adj.) < Latin extortus, past participle of extorquēre, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + torquēre to twist

extorter, noun
extortive, adjective
nonextortive, adjective
unextorted, adjective


1. See extract.
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extort (ɪkˈstɔːt)
 
vb
1.  to secure (money, favours, etc) by intimidation, violence, or the misuse of influence or authority
2.  to obtain by importunate demands: the children extorted a promise of a trip to the zoo
3.  to overcharge for (something, esp interest on a loan)
 
[C16: from Latin extortus wrenched out, from extorquēre to wrest away, from torquēre to twist, wrench]
 
ex'torter
 
n
 
ex'tortive
 
adj

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extort
1520s, from L. extort-, pp. stem of extorquere (see extortion). Related: Extorted; extorting; extortionate; extortionist.
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