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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 of extort
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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  • The result of the extorted confessions was the imprisonment of the whole community.

  • A cargo of produce for the schooner perhaps could be extorted—and, who knows?

    Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
  • This I extorted from her, by letting her know I was no stranger to the intrigue.

  • It was rather admiration she extorted by her competent serenity.

    'Twixt Land & Sea Joseph Conrad
  • They played an overture, the dreamy sweetness of which extorted cries of admiration from all the women.

    Jacqueline, Complete (Mme. Blanc) Th. Bentzon
  • Mrs. Travers extorted from d'Alcacer a fresh tribute of curiosity.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for extorted

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 extorted

extort

v.

1520s (as a past participle adj. from early 15c.), from Latin extortus, past participle of extorquere (see extortion). Related: Extorted; extorting.

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