\ɛɡzˈaktə], \ɛɡzˈaktə], \ɛ_ɡ_z_ˈa_k_t_ə]\
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One who exacts; an officer who collects tribute, taxes, or customs; as, "I will make thine officers peace, and thine exactors righteousness."-Is. ix. 17: an extortioner; one who compels another to pay more than is legal or reasonable; one who demands something without pity or regard to justice; one who is unreasonably severe in his injunctions or demands; as, "The service of sin is perfect slavery ... an unreasonable taskmaster and an unmeasurable exactor."-South; "Men that are in health are severe exactors of patience at the hands of them that are sick."-Jer. Taylor: he that demands by authority; as, an exactor of oaths. "As they reposed great religion in an oath, in respect of the actor: so did they likewise, in respect of the exactor."- Fotherby.
By Daniel Lyons