- 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
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OTHER WORDS FROM extortex·tort·er, nounex·tor·tive, adjectivenon·ex·tor·tive, adjectiveun·ex·tort·ed, adjective
How to use extort in a sentence
Candia told the Blade the traffickers extorted around $10,000 from the brothers’ family.Texas activists rally behind human trafficking victims|Michael K. Lavers|November 18, 2020|Washington Blade
Since 2005, Somali pirates have kidnapped hundreds of people—and extorted hundreds of millions of dollars in ransom payments.
Romney got the blame for trying, but none of the gains he extorted from the hapless Jim Lehrer.Robert Shrum: Obama Had Everything On the Line and Delivered, While Romney Sputtered|Robert Shrum|October 17, 2012|DAILY BEAST
And it left some Democrats feeling like they had been extorted and wondering what the next demand might be.
A leading candidate to be commander in chief putting himself in an easy position to be extorted.
He tried the effect of ridicule on the wretched and despairing Louis; and to one of his arguments, he at last extorted a reply.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
They were condemned on confessions of Islamism and paganism, extorted by the rack, and afterwards retracted.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
He repudiated his oath at Carlisle as extorted by force and intimidation, and professed a compelling sense of patriotism.King Robert the Bruce|A. F. Murison
By her confessionals she extorted from him the secrets of his life, and by her penances she punished him for his faults.Gospel Philosophy|J. H. Ward
The Spaniards and Portuguese at first controlled the trade in tobacco, and extorted most fabulous prices for it.