Complete Definition of "extort"

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Etymology
From L. extortus, past participle of extorquere to twist or wrench out, to extort; from ex out + term|torqueo|torqueÅ|twist, turn|lang=la. See torsion.

Pronunciation

Transitive verb
rfc-trverb|Transitive verb
en-verb

  1. 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.
  2. law To get by the offense of extortion.

Derived terms
extortion
extortionate
extortionist

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