- 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 extorted
Since 2005, Somali pirates have kidnapped hundreds of people—and extorted hundreds of millions of dollars in ransom payments.Fake Somali Pirates Scam Western Journalists
April 3, 2013
Romney got the blame for trying, but none of the gains he extorted from the hapless Jim Lehrer.Robert Shrum: Obama Had Everything On the Line and Delivered, While Romney Sputtered
October 17, 2012
And it left some Democrats feeling like they had been extorted and wondering what the next demand might be.The Tea Party’s Debt Triumph
August 1, 2011
A leading candidate to be commander in chief putting himself in an easy position to be extorted.Edwards Sex Tape Details
March 15, 2010
At the rehearsals not a word could be extorted from the Angel Raphael.My Double Life
I extorted and oppressed as long as I was able; while ye have power, get what you can.Selections from the Table Talk of Martin Luther
A cargo of produce for the schooner perhaps could be extorted—and, who knows?Lord Jim
It was rather admiration she extorted by her competent serenity.'Twixt Land & Sea
Mrs. Travers extorted from d'Alcacer a fresh tribute of curiosity.The Rescue
- 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 extorted
1520s (as a past participle adj. from early 15c.), from Latin extortus, past participle of extorquere (see extortion). Related: Extorted; extorting.