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Meaning of EXTORTION

Pronunciation:  ik'storshun

WordNet Dictionary
  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
\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.

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