Definition of Extort

1. Verb. Obtain through intimidation.

Category relationships: Crime, Criminal Offence, Criminal Offense, Law-breaking, Offence, Offense
Generic synonyms: Take
Specialized synonyms: Blackmail
Derivative terms: Extortion



2. Verb. Obtain by coercion or intimidation. "They squeezed money from the owner of the business by threatening him"
Exact synonyms: Gouge, Rack, Squeeze, Wring
Generic synonyms: Fleece, Gazump, Hook, Overcharge, Pluck, Plume, Rob, Soak, Surcharge
Specialized synonyms: Bleed
Derivative terms: Extortion, Extortion, Gouger, Squeeze

3. Verb. Get or cause to become in a difficult or laborious manner.
Exact synonyms: Wring From
Specialized synonyms: Prise, Pry
Generic synonyms: Obtain

Definition of Extort

1. v. t. 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. v. i. To practice extortion.

3. p. p. & a. Extorted.

Definition of Extort

1. Verb. (transitive) 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. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive legal) To obtain by means of the offense of extortion. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Extort

1. to obtain from a person by violence or intimidation [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Extort

1. 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. To get by the offense of extortion. See Extortion. Origin: L. Extortus, p. P. Of extorquere to twist or wrench out, to extort; ex out + torquere to turn about, twist. See Torsion. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Extort

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extold
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extolment
extolments
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extorsion
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extort (current term)
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Literary usage of Extort

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Matthew Paris's English History: From the Year 1235 to 1273 by Matthew Paris, John Allen Giles, William Rishanger (1889)
"In this year, too, the legate, in order to extort more money and to satisfy his avarice, importunately demanded procurations from the monks of the ..."

2. A Treatise on the Law of Defamation: With Forms of Pleadings by George Wingrove Cooke (1844)
"... with intent to extort, &c. [as in flie foregoing forms.\ This example has been adopted to show that the threat of publishing or abstaining from ..."

3. Proceedings in the Senate on the Investigation of the Charges Preferred by Horace G. Prindle, New York (State). Legislature Senate (1874)
"... attorney and counselor at law before him, the said surrogate, and did permit, aid and assist him, the said George W. Ray, to demand, receive and extort ..."

4. Contractual Limitations: Including Trade Strikes and Conspiracies and by Charles Andrew Ray (1892)
"Conspiracy to extort Anything of Value from an Individual. 7'-i. Conspiracy to Slander. 73. Conspiracies Relating to Trade and Labor. 74. ..."

5. A Treatise on the Law of Crimes by William Lawrence Clark, William Lawrence Marshall, Herschel Bouton Lazell (1905)
"Conspiracy to Slander or extort Money. It is also well settled that it is a misdemeanor at common law for two or more persons to conspire to slander another ..."

6. The New System of Criminal Procedure, Pleading and Evidence in Indictable by John Frederick Archbold (1852)
"Accusing or Threatening to accuse, with Intent to extort. Indictment. ... 324], to wit, , with the view aud intent then and thereby to extort and ..."

7. A Digest of the Criminal Law (crimes and Punishments) by James Fitzjames Stephen (1887)
"CONSPIRACY TO DEFRAUD OR extort. Every one commits the misdemeanor of conspiracy who agrees with any other person or persons to do any act with intent to ..."

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