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or extortioner

[ik-stawr-shuh-nist] /ɪkˈstɔr ʃə nɪst/
a person who engages in extortion.
Origin of extortionist
First recorded in 1880-85; extortion + -ist Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Wherever he could get his hands on a speculator or extortioner, he shook him up.

    Stories Of Georgia Joel Chandler Harris
  • We have already stated that Fardorougha was not only an extortioner, but a usurer.

    Fardorougha, The Miser William Carleton
  • A traitor, and an extortioner, by the black stake driven through him.

    Dariel R. D. Blackmore
  • Let the extortioner catch all that he hath; and let the strangers spoil his labor.

    The Bible John E. Remsburg
  • She too, perhaps, had hoped to play the part of extortioner.

    The Golden Web Anthony Partridge
  • To call a man a 'shaver' is to say he is an 'extortioner,' without going into details.

    The Chainbearer J. Fenimore Cooper
  • Had he been frank, I might have broken the extortioner, but he was not frank.

    Northwest! Harold Bindloss
  • There she will ever find a shelter, for there the extortioner rules not.

    The Trials of the Soldier's Wife Alex St. Clair Abrams
  • I was thus decided, because I saw I had to deal with an extortioner.

    Miles Wallingford James Fenimore Cooper
  • The able-bodied money-changer, speculator, and extortioner is still seen in the street; and their number is legion.

Word Origin and History for extortioner



1885, from extortion + -ist. Earlier in the same sense were extorter (1590s), extortioner (late 14c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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