An example of to extort is a kidnapper getting money from the family of a person they have taken in order to get the person returned.
Origin of extortfrom Classical Latin extortus, past participle of extorquere, to twist or turn out from ex-, out + torquere, to twist: see tort
verbex·tort·ed, ex·tort·ing, ex·torts
- To obtain (something) by the criminal offense of extortion.
- To obtain by coercion, intimidation, or psychological pressure: “[She] has no recourse but to model herself on her aunt in a fruitless effort to extort affection from her” ( Claudia Nelson )
Origin of extortLatin extorquēre extort- to wrench out, extort ex- ex- torquēre to twist ; see terkw- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present extorts, present participle extorting, simple past and past participle extorted)
- To wrest from an unwilling person by physical force, menace, duress, torture, or any undue or illegal exercise of power or ingenuity; to wrench away (from); to tear away; to wring (from); to exact; as, to extort contributions from the vanquished; to extort confessions of guilt; to extort a promise; to extort payment of a debt.
- (law) To obtain by means of the offense of extortion.
- (intransitive, medicine, ophthalmology) To twist outwards.
extort - Legal Definition