extortionate

[ik-stawr-shuh-nit]

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. extorsion,
  2. extorsive,
  3. extort,
  4. extortion,
  5. extortionary,
  6. extortionately,
  7. extortionist,
  8. extr.,
  9. extra,
  10. extra cover

Origin of extortionate

First recorded in 1780–90; extortion + -ate1

Related formsex·tor·tion·ate·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for extortionate

extortionate

adjective

(of prices, etc) excessive; exorbitant
(of persons) using extortion
Derived Formsextortionately, adverb

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Word Origin and History for extortionate

extortionate

adj.

1789, from extortion + -ate.

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