- to wrest or wring (money, information, etc.) from a person by violence, intimidation, or abuse of authority; obtain by force, torture, threat, or the like.
- to take illegally by reason of one's office.
- to compel (something) of a person or thing: Her wit and intelligence extorted their admiration.
Origin of extort
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Examples from the Web for extort
Kellner was also charged with attempting to extort the Lebovits family.The Orthodox Sex Abuse Crackdown That Wasn’t
October 7, 2014
Or a stranger willing to let you use their cellphone to call your family might save their number and use it to extort them later.How Mexico’s Cartels Are Behind the Border Kid Crisis
July 9, 2014
What Republicans will attempt to extort from the White House will be decided at their retreat in January.Republicans Compromise on the Budget, but Don’t Expect Them To Compromise on the Debt Ceiling
December 18, 2013
They say he tried to extort more money from them on the way out of Syria, but Mousa engaged him angrily in Arabic.War Tourists Flock to Syria’s Front Lines
November 2, 2013
Instead, it would rather sabotage the game and try to extort its way to a victory.The Republicans Are Blaming Their Victims
September 30, 2013
She was trying to extort a promise that she should appear in its pages, which, as we all remember, she did.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
I have since thought we were ironed merely to extort this arrangement from us.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
What would she do with a secret she had taken such hazards to extort?The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
This woman is some impudent impostor, who wants to extort money out of me.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
Then, after a time, when wanting to extort again, he went on to another place.Aino Folk-Tales
Basil Hall Chamberlain
- to secure (money, favours, etc) by intimidation, violence, or the misuse of influence or authority
- to obtain by importunate demandsthe children extorted a promise of a trip to the zoo
- to overcharge for (something, esp interest on a loan)
Word Origin and History for extort
1520s (as a past participle adj. from early 15c.), from Latin extortus, past participle of extorquere (see extortion). Related: Extorted; extorting.