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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Example sentences
It was some time, however, before a smile could be extorted from Jane.
He is a man of voracious appetites whose job consists primarily of extorting
  bribes for his political superiors.
They're intimidating us, harassing us and trying to extort us.
It is unknown whether the attackers intended to extort payments in return for
  halting the attacks, he says.
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