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Meaning of EXTORTION

Pronunciation:  ik'storshun

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  the felonious act of extorting money (as by threats of violence)
  2. [n]  unjust exaction (as by the misuse of authority); "the extortion by dishonest officials of fees for performing their sworn duty"
  3. [n]  an exorbitant charge
 

EXTORTION is a 9 letter word that starts with E.

 

 See Also: blackmail, exaction, felony, overcharge, protection, shakedown, tribute

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Ex*tor"tion\, n. [F. extorsion.]
1. The act of extorting; the act or practice of wresting
   anything from a person by force, by threats, or by any
   undue exercise of power; undue exaction; overcharge.

2. (Law) The offense committed by an officer who corruptly
   claims and takes, as his fee, money, or other thing of
   value, that is not due, or more than is due, or before it
   is due. --Abbott.

3. That which is extorted or exacted by force.

Syn: Oppression; rapacity; exaction; overcharge.

 
Thesaurus Terms
 
 Related Terms: armed robbery, asportation, assault and robbery, badger game, banditry, bank robbery, blackmail, bloodsucking, call, call for, cattle lifting, cattle stealing, claim, contribution, demand, demand for, draft, drain, duty, exaction, exploitation, extortionate demand, heavy demand, heist, highway robbery, hijacking, holdup, imposition, impost, indent, insistent demand, levy, loan-sharking, mugging, nonnegotiable demand, notice, order, overassessment, overcharge, pocket picking, protection racket, purse snatching, rending, requirement, requisition, ripping, robbery, robbing, rush, rush order, shakedown, shylocking, stickup, stickup job, surcharge, tax, taxing, tearing, tribute, ultimatum, usury, vampirism, warning, wrench, wrenching, wrest, wresting, wring, wringing
 

 

 

 

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