Origin of extortion
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1, 4. blackmail.
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Examples from the Web for extortion
And extortion makes a lot more sense before a story hits the news wire, not after.Phylicia Rashad and the Cult of Cosby Truthers
January 8, 2015
There are limits to the painting of banditry and extortion as the legitimate raising of taxes.ISIS’s Futile Quest to Go Legit
January 5, 2015
Did he participate in his own extortion and cancel his plans for a big Christmas premiere?Should the U.S. Really Pay a Kim’s Ransom?
December 21, 2014
She refused to take a paternity test, and was eventually convicted of extortion and sentenced to 22 months in prison.I Warned You About Bill Cosby in 2007
November 20, 2014
There could be a number of potential crimes, not the least of which could be extortion.Who Isn’t Investigating Chris Christie?
June 25, 2014
The possibility of extortion which this method makes possible is evident.The Negro Farmer
Of all men, Mark Twain was the last one to countenance an extortion.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
But without any undignified murmurs, he submitted to this extortion also.Ferdinand De Soto, The Discoverer of the Mississippi
John S. C. Abbott
They have the means of extortion, and the power of enforcing payments.The Story of the Upper Canada Rebellion, Volume 1
John Charles Dent
In order to raise it, they resorted to extortion and corruption.
- the act of securing money, favours, etc by intimidation or violence; blackmail
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Word Origin and History for extortion
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