Origin of extortion
Examples from the Web for extortion
And extortion makes a lot more sense before a story hits the news wire, not after.
There are limits to the painting of banditry and extortion as the legitimate raising of taxes.
Did he participate in his own extortion and cancel his plans for a big Christmas premiere?
She refused to take a paternity test, and was eventually convicted of extortion and sentenced to 22 months in prison.
There could be a number of potential crimes, not the least of which could be extortion.
She fixed her eyes upon the victim of her husband's extortion, and in an instant they were filled with tears.Fardorougha, The Miser|William Carleton
Too many "make clean the outside of the cup and platter, but within, they are full of extortion and excess."A Review of Uncle Tom's Cabin|A. Woodward
With extortion in all its forms Skinadre, for instance, was familiar.The Black Prophet: A Tale Of Irish Famine|William Carleton
Let it be understood that no charges are here made of injustice or extortion on the part of the railway companies.Monopolies and the People|Charles Whiting Baker
Do not think, however, that you shall enjoy the fruits of your extortion?The Poor Scholar|William Carleton
British Dictionary definitions for extortion
Word Origin and History for extortion
c.1300, from Latin extortionem (nominative extortio) "a twisting out, extorting," noun of action from past participle stem of extorquere "wrench out, wrest away, to obtain by force," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + torquere "to twist" (see thwart).