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Meaning of EXTORT

Pronunciation:  ik'stort

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  get or cause to become in a difficult or laborious manner
  2. [v]  obtain by coercion or intimidation; "They extorted money from the executive by threatening to reveal his past to the company boss"
  3. [v]  obtain through intimidation

EXTORT is a 6 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: gouge, rack, wring, wring from
 See Also: blackmail, bleed, fleece, gazump, hook, obtain, overcharge, pluck, plume, prise, pry, rob, soak, surcharge, take



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ex*tort"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Extorted}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Extorting}.] [L. extortus, p. p. of extorquere to twist
    or wrench out, to extort; ex out + torquere to turn about,
    twist. See {Torsion}.]
    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
    2. (Law) To get by the offense of extortion. See {Extortion},
  2. \Ex*tort"\, v. i.
    To practice extortion. [Obs.] --Spenser.
  3. \Ex*tort"\, p. p. & a. [L. extortus. p. p.]
    Extorted. [Obs.] --Spenser.
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