• WordNet 3.6
    • n extortion the felonious act of extorting money (as by threats of violence)
    • n extortion unjust exaction (as by the misuse of authority) "the extortion by dishonest officials of fees for performing their sworn duty"
    • n extortion an exorbitant charge
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Extortion That which is extorted or exacted by force.
    • Extortion 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.
    • Extortion (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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n extortion The act of extorting; the act or practice of wresting anything from a person by force, duress, menace, authority, or any undue exercise of power; oppressive or illegal exaction, as of excessive price, rent, or interest.
    • n extortion In law, strictly, the crime of obtaining money or other property, or service, from another under color of public office, when none is due, or not so much is due, or before it is due. In some of the United States, however, a wider meaning is given to the word by statute.
    • n extortion That which is extorted; a gross overcharge: as, the price you paid was an extortion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Extortion illegal or oppressive exaction: that which is extorted
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. extorsion,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. extorquēre, extortumex, out, torquēre, to twist.


In literature:

His crime, too, was having personated a police-officer, to extort money.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction" by Various
Your circumstances, Sir, will not oblige you to extort violently from him what is in his hands.
"Clarissa, Volume 4 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
No poems have ever been more popular, and none have extorted greater admiration from critics.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume I" by John Lord
They constantly extorted new privileges, until they were sufficiently powerful to be courted by demagogues.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume III" by John Lord
All she gained, she extorted.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume VII" by John Lord
Here, like Roman senators of old, they squandered the money which they had obtained by extortion and corruption of every sort.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume VIII" by John Lord
Itinerant clergymen, mendicant physicians, and others, had extorted signatures from the sick, the indigent, and the traveller.
"The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the" by Thomas Clarkson
He reformed the representative system in a manner which has extorted praise even from Lord Clarendon.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume XIII" by John Lord
The extortions of unconscientious officials were by no means conspicuous by their absence.
"The Former Philippines thru Foreign Eyes" by Tomás de Comyn
On an extorted promise of forgiveness, he leaves her.
"Clarissa, Volume 5 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson

In poetry:

But only consent
Though extorted by force,
What a blessing you’ll prove,
Oh the African coast.
"Colonization Song" by Anonymous Americas
My money, to the poor, on use I lent,
And screw'd them, with an avarice seldom known,
'Till all the little that they had was spent,
And they by my extortion were undone.
"The Complaint And The Advice Of Dives, To His Five Brethren (Part 1)" by Rees Prichard
Not all the force of manhood's active might,
Not all the craft to subtle age assign'd,
Not Science shall extort that dear delight,
Which gay Delusion gave the tender mind.
"Elegy XI. He Complains How Soon the Pleasing Novelty of Life Is Over" by William Shenstone
Their blood extorted vengeance from the sky —
A vengeance justly-due unto my guilt!
And to the fiends their injur'd spirits cry,
To pay me home for all the blood I spilt.
"The Complaint And The Advice Of Dives, To His Five Brethren (Part 1)" by Rees Prichard
True merit still our praise extorts,
Whether in cottages, or courts;
Whether it gilds the rich brocade,
Or humbly lurks in freeze, or plaid:
While the vain pomp, which crouds adore,
Is only folly, varnish'd o'er.
"To A Young Lady" by Samuel Bowden
They who are wholly broken, and they in whom
mercy is understanding, I shall embrace at once
and lead to pillows in heaven. But they who are
the meek by trade, baiting the best of their betters
with the extortions of a mock-helplessness
"In Place Of A Curse" by John Anthony Ciardi

In news:

Paramus gas station owner charged with extorting, locking employee in basement .
PARAMUS — A local gas station owner was arrested last week on charges he extorted and held one of his employees captive.
Authorities in Bolivia have arrested six government officials on suspicion of trying to extort and steal from an American businessman imprisoned there, state news reported Tuesday.
The prosecution turned their focus to extortion and the thousands of dollars that were allegedly exchanged as bribes .
In Playas del Rosarito last week, a Municipal police officer was suspended and is under investigation for extortion, according to various sources, including Tijuana's daily Frontera and El Vigia.
Former Virginia Delegate Convicted Of Bribery , Extortion.
That ne'er-do-well who jostled everyone around and extorted your lunch money.
On debt ceiling , GOP is defining extortion down.
FBI officials issued a warning to computer users that a virus that tries to extort money from users.
Convicted of extortion, conspiracy .
Senior Judge Larry McKinney on Thursday sentenced former Indianapolis City-County Councilor Lincoln Plowman to 40 months in federal prison for attempted extortion and bribery.
State Rep Ben Arredondo's indictment on federal bribery and extortion charges last week renewed calls for tighter rules on gifts to elected officials.
DEA warns public of extortion scam.
The Drug Enforcement Administration is warning the public about criminals who are posing as DEA agents in an extortion scheme.
The practice of government by self-extortion.

In science:

Leary wanted to extort money from the Transit Authority.
Inferring Strategies for Sentence Ordering in Multidocument News Summarization
Here are some facts that highlight the special nature of security threats: • Attacks are frequently carried out by well organized groups with a commercial background (spamming, extortion, industrial espionage) • Multi-stage attacks skilfully combine vulnerabilities on system level and organizational level c(cid:13) I.
Model-Based Security Testing
Goodman et al. examined the possibility of homicide and extortion attacks by hacking implantable medical devices .
The Enemy Within: The Emerging Threats to Healthcare from Malicious Mobile Devices