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[ik-stawr-shuh-nit] /ɪkˈstɔr ʃə nɪt/
grossly excessive; exorbitant:
extortionate prices.
characterized by extortion, as persons:
extortionate moneylenders.
Origin of extortionate
1780-90; extortion + -ate1
Related forms
extortionately, adverb Unabridged
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  • Its extortionate rates make the need, and the need of the poor was ever the opportunity of their oppressor.
  • It has thousands upon thousands of lodgers who help to pay its extortionate rents.
  • Western luxury-goods firms may be able to tolerate extortionate rents for central locations.
  • The people down here have to pay extortionate high rents if they want quality.
  • The flooded streets, the tourist-mobbed piazzas, the extortionate hotel rates.
  • The disaster befell a peasantry already ground down by exorbitant taxation and extortionate debt.
  • He was acquitted of one count of interstate transmission of an extortionate threat.
  • The sixth applicant chose instead to raise the money for his extortionate payment with advances on his credit cards.
  • Kats is charged with one count of attempted extortionate collection of credit.
  • He is charged with collection of extension of credit by extortionate means.
British Dictionary definitions for extortionate


(of prices, etc) excessive; exorbitant
(of persons) using extortion
Derived Forms
extortionately, adverb
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Word Origin and History for extortionate

1789, from extortion + -ate.

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