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 wrest; obtain by compulsion.
  12. To obtain by compulsion; wring; wrest; also, to exactillegally.
  13. To practise extortion.
  14. To force, wrest, or obtain from unjustly, in the undue exercise of power.
  15. To wrest or wring from; to draw from by force; to gain from by violence or injustice.

Usage examples for extort

  1. The important privileges which in the course of several centuries this city had contrived to extort from its rulers fostered in its inhabitants a spirit of independence, which not unfrequently degenerated into riot and license, and naturally brought it in collision with the Austrian- Spanish government. – The Revolt of The Netherlands, Complete by Frederich Schiller
  2. Under existing circumstances fear was the one stimulus which might yet extort compliance. – Under a Charm, Vol. II. (of III) A Novel by E. Werner
  3. A man was needed to extort punishment from Raymond. – The Spinners by Eden Phillpotts
  4. 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
  5. To make matters worse, the Romans were accustomed to hire Jews to collect these taxes, giving these men the right to extort whatever they could, provided the required tribute was paid to Rome. – Hebrew Life and Times by Harold B. Hunting
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. He had spotted the place some days before and ascertained that it was empty, and when he found that Sir Horace had returned alone he decided to break in, and, covering Sir Horace with a revolver, try to extort money from him. – The Hampstead Mystery by John R. Watson
  9. " And if I would not tell you who I was, it was because I could not bear, on the other hand, to extort from you a love you seemed so reluctant to endure; until indeed it became of its own accord too strong even for the purpose which brought you every week to the Ring. – Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard by Eleanor Farjeon
  10. 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
  11. It would have been difficult to try him, or to extort a confession of high- treason from him by the rack or otherwise, as the unfortunate gentleman had been dead for more than seven months. – The Life of John of Barneveld, 1619-23 by John Lothrop Motley
  12. 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
  13. This is a plant- a plot to extort money by threats. – Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
  14. The victor was covered with glory; yet the triumph cost him dear, for the forces left him were not sufficient to finish the campaign, nor to extort allegiance from the Syrian princes who had allied themselves with Sharduris. – The World's Greatest Books, Vol XI. by Edited by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
  15. But she regarded them as empty threats, uttered solely to extort money. – When Ghost Meets Ghost by William Frend De Morgan
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. What do you suppose his object to be- to extort money? – Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  19. 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
  20. 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