Extort meaning

ĭk-stôrt
To obtain (something) by the criminal offense of extortion.
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Extort is defined as using violence or threats to get something from someone.

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.

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To obtain by coercion, intimidation, or psychological pressure.
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To commit the criminal offense of extortion.

A conspiracy to extort.

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To get (money, etc.) from someone by violence, threats, misuse of authority, etc.; exact or wrest (from)
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To wrongfully take something of value from another by the threat of force or other coercive measure.
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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.
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(law) To obtain by means of the offense of extortion.
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(intransitive, medicine, ophthalmology) To twist outwards.
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Origin of extort

  • 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

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

    From Wiktionary