extortion

[ik-stawr-shuhn]
noun
1.
an act or instance of extorting.
2.
Law. the crime of obtaining money or some other thing of value by the abuse of one's office or authority.
3.
oppressive or illegal exaction, as of excessive price or interest: the extortions of usurers.
4.
anything extorted.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English extorcion < Late Latin extortiōn- (stem of extortiō). See extort, -ion

nonextortion, noun

bribery, extortion.


1, 4. blackmail.
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extortion (ɪkˈstɔːʃən)
 
n
the act of securing money, favours, etc by intimidation or violence; blackmail
 
extortioner
 
n
 
extortionist
 
n

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Word Origin & History

extortion
c.1300, from L. extorquere "wrench out, wrest away," from ex- "out" + torquere "to twist" (see thwart).
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