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.
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Origin of extort
synonym study for extort
OTHER WORDS FROM extortex·tort·er, nounex·tor·tive, adjectivenon·ex·tor·tive, adjectiveun·ex·tort·ed, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for extort
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.
With some difficulty he got his victim home after he had extorted from him all that he cared to know.Valeria|William Henry Withrow
He knew what kind of consent he had extorted from the council.The Reign of Mary Tudor|W. Llewelyn Williams.
Attended by the household of the king or governor, he extorted contributions.Magic and Religion|Andrew Lang
Muscovite and Prussian armies traversed (p. 406)the plains of Poland at pleasure, and extorted whatever they pleased.
Not that it was sympathy he begged for; it was admiration he extorted.