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extort

[ik-stawrt] /ɪkˈstɔrt/
verb (used with object)
1.
Law.
  1. 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.
  2. 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
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English (adj.) < Latin extortus, past participle of extorquēre, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + torquēre to twist
Related forms
extorter, noun
extortive, adjective
nonextortive, adjective
unextorted, adjective
Synonyms
1. See extract.
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Examples for extort
  • 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.
  • The police said that the abduction was not random and that someone had hoped to extort money from the Pratt family.
  • Being unable to repeal the law, the minority party chooses instead to prevent its enforcement until they can extort changes.
  • Both extort large sums of money from mines they control.
  • If operators were allowed to charge for better service, they could extort protection money from every website.
  • They're all lawyers and will eventually find a way to extort money from corporations.
  • Instead, it gives a handful of legislators the power to extort all kinds of pork by holding the state hostage.
British Dictionary definitions for extort

extort

/ɪkˈstɔːt/
verb (transitive)
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)
Derived Forms
extorter, noun
extortive, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin extortus wrenched out, from extorquēre to wrest away, from torquēre to twist, wrench
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Word Origin and History for extort
extort
1520s, from L. extort-, pp. stem of extorquere (see extortion). Related: Extorted; extorting; extortionate; extortionist.
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