[ik-stawrt] /ɪkˈstɔrt/

verb (used with object)

to compel (something) of a person or thing:
Her wit and intelligence extorted their admiration.
verb (transitive)
to secure (money, favours, etc) by intimidation, violence, or the misuse of influence or authority
to obtain by importunate demands: the children extorted a promise of a trip to the zoo
to overcharge for (something, esp interest on a loan)

1520s (as a past participle adj. from early 15c.), from Latin extortus, past participle of extorquere (see extortion). Related: Extorted; extorting.


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