Extort Definition

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To get (money, etc.) from someone by violence, threats, misuse of authority, etc.; exact or wrest (from)
Webster's New World

To obtain (something) by the criminal offense of extortion.

American Heritage

To obtain by coercion, intimidation, or psychological pressure.

American Heritage

To commit the criminal offense of extortion.

A conspiracy to extort.
American Heritage

To wrongfully take something of value from another by the threat of force or other coercive measure.

Webster's New World Law

Origin of Extort

  • From Latin extortus, past participle of extorquere (“to twist or wrench out, to extort”); from ex (“out”) + -tort, from torqueō (“twist, turn”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin extorquēre extort- to wrench out, extort ex- ex- torquēre to twist terkw- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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