Extortion is defined as the practice of trying to get something through force, threats or blackmail.
When you threaten to release embarrassing pictures of someone unless he gives you $100, this is an example of extortion.
- the act of extorting, or getting money, etc. by threats, misuse of authority, etc.: sometimes applied to the exaction of too high a price
- the legal offense committed by an official who extorts
- something extorted
Origin of extortionMiddle English extorcioun from Old French extorcion from Ecclesiastical Late Latin extorsio from Classical Latin extortus
- Illegal use of one's official position or powers to obtain property, funds, or patronage.
- The act or an instance of extorting something, as by psychological pressure.
- An excessive or exorbitant charge.
- ex·tor′tion·ist ex·tor′tion·er
From Late Latin extortio.
extortion - Legal Definition
The wrongful taking of something of value from another by the threat of force or other coercive measure.