Extortion



[ik-stawr-shuh n] /ɪkˈstɔr ʃən/

noun
1.
an act or instance of .
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 .
/ɪkˈstɔːʃən/
noun
1.
the act of securing money, favours, etc by intimidation or violence; blackmail
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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  • Extortionary

    [ik-stawr-shuh-ner-ee] /ɪkˈstɔr ʃəˌnɛr i/ adjective 1. characterized by or given to .

  • Extortionate

    [ik-stawr-shuh-nit] /ɪkˈstɔr ʃə nɪt/ adjective 1. grossly excessive; exorbitant: extortionate prices. 2. characterized by , as persons: extortionate moneylenders. /ɪkˈstɔːʃənɪt/ adjective 1. (of prices, etc) excessive; exorbitant 2. (of persons) using extortion adj. 1789, from extortion + -ate.



  • Extortionately

    [ik-stawr-shuh-nit] /ɪkˈstɔr ʃə nɪt/ adjective 1. grossly excessive; exorbitant: extortionate prices. 2. characterized by , as persons: extortionate moneylenders. /ɪkˈstɔːʃənɪt/ adjective 1. (of prices, etc) excessive; exorbitant 2. (of persons) using extortion adj. 1789, from extortion + -ate.

  • Extortioner

    [ik-stawr-shuh-nist] /ɪkˈstɔr ʃə nɪst/ noun 1. a person who engages in . n. 1885, from extortion + -ist. Earlier in the same sense were extorter (1590s), extortioner (late 14c.).



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