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Definitions of extort

  1. obtain through intimidation
  2. get or cause to become in a difficult or laborious manner
  3. obtain by coercion or intimidation; " They extorted money from the executive by threatening to reveal his past to the company boss"; " They squeezed money from the owner of the business by threatening him"
  4. 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.
  5. To get by the offense of extortion. See Extortion, 2.
  6. To practice extortion.
  7. Extorted.
  8. To obtain by threats, violence, or injustice.
  9. To obtain from by force or compulsion; to wrest or wring from by physical force, by menace, duress, violence, torture, authority, or by any illegal means; as, conquerors extort contributions from the vanquished; confessions of guilt are extorted by the rack; a promise extorted by duress is not binding; in law, to take illegally under color of office, as any money or valuable not due, or more than is due; said of public officers.
  10. To practice extortion. " To whom they never gave any penny of entertainment, but let them feed upon the countries, and extort upon all men where they came."- Spenser.
  11. To obtain by compulsion; wring; wrest; also, to exactillegally.
  12. To practise extortion.
  13. To force, wrest, or obtain from unjustly, in the undue exercise of power.
  14. To wrest or wring from; to draw from by force; to gain from by violence or injustice.

Usage examples for extort

  1. Indignant at the concealment of their treasures, they put the inhabitants, in some instances, to the torture, and endeavored to extort from them a confession of their hiding- places. – History-of-the-Conquest-of-Peru by Prescott, William Hickling
  2. In order to build these fine buildings and have great numbers of servants it was necessary to extort the money from his people by heavy taxes. – Hebrew Life and Times by Harold B. Hunting
  3. A man was needed to extort punishment from Raymond. – The Spinners by Eden Phillpotts
  4. The judge failed to extort from her lips a single word which could throw a shade over her innocence, and at length, believing it useless to pursue the torture further, he suspended the proceedings, and reported them to the pope. – Walks in Rome by Augustus J.C. Hare
  5. Saunders possessed the huckster's heart, and took pleasure in selling indifferent pork and third- grade flour at the highest prices he could possibly extort. – The Gold Trail by Harold Bindloss
  6. After witnessing with joy the torture of his enemies, and gloating over the cries which agony would extort from them, the probability was that he would invite the Reverend, on pretence of conversation, into a private room- say the parlour into which Parents were shown, where the two great globes were which were never used- and would there reproach him with the various frauds and oppressions he had endured at his hands. – Some-Christmas-Stories by Dickens, Charles
  7. The man would come again to seek out his old mother, to extort money from her; that was beyond a doubt. – When Ghost Meets Ghost by William Frend De Morgan
  8. What do you suppose his object to be- to extort money? – Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  9. But she regarded them as empty threats, uttered solely to extort money. – When Ghost Meets Ghost by William Frend De Morgan
  10. There is another circumstance which serves to show that in the persecution of these great men, and the persons employed by them, he could have no other view than to extort money from them. – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. X. (of 12) by Edmund Burke
  11. The sight of them proved enough to extort obedience to his edict, that every man, woman, and child not belonging to the ancient church should leave his dominions. – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley
  12. He had wealthy connexions, and perhaps the prosecutors hoped to extort money from them, to avoid the disgrace of a trial. – Isaac T. Hopper by L. Maria Child
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