- grossly excessive; exorbitant: extortionate prices.
- characterized by extortion, as persons: extortionate moneylenders.
Origin of extortionate
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Examples from the Web for extortionate
Businesses are suffering more each day in an area where the rents are extortionate, and the situation could boil over soon.Hong Kong Between Calm and Chaos
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Her sentence was manifestly excessive (the order to pay an extortionate $186 million alone proves his bias).Is Julia Tymoshenko Europe’s Aung San Suu Kyi?
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These were great demands, and were regarded as extortionate and oppressive.Usury
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What is the measure of extortionate prices in this connection?Distributive Justice
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For the time the bogey of extortionate charges was laid at rest.Railroads: Rates and Regulations
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- (of prices, etc) excessive; exorbitant
- (of persons) using extortion
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Word Origin and History for extortionate
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