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extortionist

or extortioner

[ik-stawr-shuh-nist] /ɪkˈstɔr ʃə nɪst/
noun
1.
a person who engages in extortion.
Origin of extortionist
1880-1885
1880-85; extortion + -ist
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  • Mrs. Marteen was a blackmailer, an extortioner--that was the truth, the truth that he would not let himself recognize.

    Out of the Ashes Ethel Watts Mumford
  • Wherever he could get his hands on a speculator or extortioner, he shook him up.

    Stories Of Georgia Joel Chandler Harris
  • Foreboding had entered even the hearts of the forestaller and extortioner.

  • A traitor, and an extortioner, by the black stake driven through him.

    Dariel R. D. Blackmore
  • Let the extortioner catch all that he hath: and let the strangers spoil his labor.

    A Few Words About the Devil Charles Bradlaugh
  • Let the extortioner catch all that he hath; and let the strangers spoil his labor.

    The Bible John E. Remsburg
  • Moreover, he knew that the death of one extortioner more or less would have no effect on the system.

    The Crossing Winston Churchill
  • She too, perhaps, had hoped to play the part of extortioner.

    The Golden Web Anthony Partridge
  • Even an extortioner can be if he make ample restitution in his life-time, and dies fortified with the rites of the Church.'

  • To call a man a 'shaver' is to say he is an 'extortioner,' without going into details.

    The Chainbearer J. Fenimore Cooper
Word Origin and History for extortioner

extortionist

n.

1885, from extortion + -ist. Earlier in the same sense were extorter (1590s), extortioner (late 14c.).

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