or ex·tor·tion·er



a person who engages in extortion.

Origin of extortionist

First recorded in 1880–85; extortion + -ist
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Related Words for extortioner

parasite, sponge, freeloader, tick, leech, vampire, extortioner

Examples from the Web for extortioner

Historical Examples of extortioner

  • Wherever he could get his hands on a speculator or extortioner, he shook him up.

    Stories Of Georgia

    Joel Chandler Harris

  • We have already stated that Fardorougha was not only an extortioner, but a usurer.

    Fardorougha, The Miser

    William Carleton

  • A traitor, and an extortioner, by the black stake driven through him.


    R. D. Blackmore

  • Let the extortioner catch all that he hath; and let the strangers spoil his labor.

    The Bible

    John E. Remsburg

  • She too, perhaps, had hoped to play the part of extortioner.

    The Golden Web

    Anthony Partridge

Word Origin and History for extortioner



1885, from extortion + -ist. Earlier in the same sense were extorter (1590s), extortioner (late 14c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper