Extortion definition

ĭk-stôrshən
The act or an instance of extorting something, as by psychological pressure.
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An excessive or exorbitant charge.
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Illegal use of one's official position or powers to obtain property, funds, or patronage.
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The wrongful taking of something of value from another by the threat of force or other coercive measure.
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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.

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The practice of extorting money or other property by the use of force or threats.
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The act of extorting, or getting money, etc. by threats, misuse of authority, etc.
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The legal offense committed by an official who extorts.
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Something extorted.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
extortion
Plural:
extortions

Origin of extortion

  • From Late Latin extortio.

    From Wiktionary