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[ik-stawr-shuh-nit] /ɪkˈstɔr ʃə nɪt/
grossly excessive; exorbitant:
extortionate prices.
characterized by extortion, as persons:
extortionate moneylenders.
Origin of extortionate
First recorded in 1780-90; extortion + -ate1
Related forms
extortionately, adverb Unabridged
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  • These were great demands, and were regarded as extortionate and oppressive.

    Usury Calvin Elliott
  • Of course I told the woman that this, to say the least, was an extortionate demand.

    Moral Ludwig Thoma
  • What is the measure of extortionate prices in this connection?

    Distributive Justice

    John A. (John Augustine) Ryan
  • For the time the bogey of extortionate charges was laid at rest.

  • Away with my German-Swiss hotel, and the extortionate cynic who keeps it!

  • The teamsters there might be extortionate, as it was a double trip for the wagons.

    Bound to Succeed Allen Chapman
  • Fares were extortionate, but many were willing to pay for speed.

    The Last American Frontier

    Frederic L. (Frederic Logan) Paxson
  • Only once did I hold out against an extortionate demand of theirs.

    London Films William Dean Howells
British Dictionary definitions for extortionate


(of prices, etc) excessive; exorbitant
(of persons) using extortion
Derived Forms
extortionately, adverb
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Word Origin and History for extortionate

1789, from extortion + -ate.

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