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extortionist

or ex·tor·tion·er

[ik-stawr-shuh-nist]
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noun
  1. a person who engages in extortion.

Origin of extortionist

First recorded in 1880–85; extortion + -ist
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  • More often, it is the by product and end result of lobbying, political hand bending and extortionist muscle.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

  • Driver an extortionist; but I knew the exact distance, to the tenth of a kilometre.

  • Nor do I think anything in her own life would give a blackmailer or an extortionist anything to go on.

    Sentiment, Inc.

    Poul William Anderson


Word Origin and History for extortionist

n.

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

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