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extortionist

or extortioner

[ik-stawr-shuh-nist] /ɪkˈstɔr ʃə nɪst/
noun
1.
a person who engages in extortion.
Origin of extortionist
1880-1885
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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