verb (used with object)
- to wrest or wring (money, information, etc.) from a person by violence, intimidation, or abuse of authority; obtain by force, torture, threat, or the like.
- to take illegally by reason of one's office.
Origin of extort
Examples from the Web for extort
Kellner was also charged with attempting to extort the Lebovits family.
Or a stranger willing to let you use their cellphone to call your family might save their number and use it to extort them later.How Mexico’s Cartels Are Behind the Border Kid Crisis|Caitlin Dickson|July 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They say he tried to extort more money from them on the way out of Syria, but Mousa engaged him angrily in Arabic.
Instead, it would rather sabotage the game and try to extort its way to a victory.
One gangster takes the filmmakers with him as he goes out to extort protection money from Chinese stall holders.Indonesian Killers Brought to Justice 50 Years Too Late in ‘The Act of Killing’|Tom Sykes|July 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He will certainly never importune you, nor poorly attempt to extort from your pity what he could not win from your love.Self-control|Mary Brunton
But you see it is in vain to attempt to extort anything from him.Guy Fawkes|William Harrison Ainsworth
How often, my hearers, do you 'spect me to stop my dressing to extort you!Donald and Dorothy|Mary Mapes Dodge
One day some commissioners called at her cell, hoping to extort from her the secret of her husband's retreat.Madame Roland, Makers of History|John S. C. Abbott
All I could extort was a promise to keep Coralli, if some other player happened to retire.The Memoirs of Count Carlo Gozzi|Count Carlo Gozzi
British Dictionary definitions for extort
Word Origin for extort
Word Origin and History for extort
1520s (as a past participle adj. from early 15c.), from Latin extortus, past participle of extorquere (see extortion). Related: Extorted; extorting.