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extortion

[ik-stawr-shuh n] /ɪkˈstɔr ʃən/
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 of extortion
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English extorcion < Late Latin extortiōn- (stem of extortiō). See extort, -ion
Related forms
nonextortion, noun
Can be confused
bribery, extortion.
Synonyms
1, 4. blackmail.
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extortion

/ɪkˈstɔːʃən/
noun
1.
the act of securing money, favours, etc by intimidation or violence; blackmail
Derived Forms
extortioner, extortionist, noun
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Word Origin and History for extortion
n.

c.1300, from Latin extortionem (nominative extortio) "a twisting out, extorting," noun of action from past participle stem of extorquere "wrench out, wrest away, to obtain by force," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + torquere "to twist" (see thwart).

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