grossly excessive; exorbitant: extortionate prices.
characterized by extortion, as persons: extortionate moneylenders.

Origin of extortionate

First recorded in 1780–90; extortion + -ate1
Related formsex·tor·tion·ate·ly, adverb
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Contemporary Examples of extortionate

Historical Examples of extortionate

  • These were great demands, and were regarded as extortionate and oppressive.


    Calvin Elliott

  • Of course I told the woman that this, to say the least, was an extortionate demand.


    Ludwig Thoma

  • What is the measure of extortionate prices in this connection?

    Distributive Justice

    John A. (John Augustine) Ryan

  • For the time the bogey of extortionate charges was laid at rest.

  • Away with my German-Swiss hotel, and the extortionate cynic who keeps it!

British Dictionary definitions for extortionate



(of prices, etc) excessive; exorbitant
(of persons) using extortion
Derived Formsextortionately, adverb
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Word Origin and History for extortionate

1789, from extortion + -ate.

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