extortionate

[ ik-stawr-shuh-nit ]
/ ɪkˈstɔr ʃə nɪt /

adjective

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

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Origin of extortionate

First recorded in 1780–90; extortion + -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM extortionate

ex·tor·tion·ate·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for extortionately

extortionate
/ (ɪkˈstɔːʃənɪt) /

adjective

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

Derived forms of extortionate

extortionately, adverb
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