[ UK /ɛkstˈɔːt/ ]
[ US /ɛkˈstɔɹt/ ]
VERB
  1. get or cause to become in a difficult or laborious manner
  2. obtain by coercion or intimidation
    They extorted money from the executive by threatening to reveal his past to the company boss
    They squeezed money from the owner of the business by threatening him
  3. obtain through intimidation
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How To Use extort In A Sentence

  • After being faced with the "extortionate" demand, Lee and others at his resort called the Canadian consulate and department of foreign affairs emergency line, only to be told to pay up Toronto Sun
  • His violent menaces had extorted his readmission into the church, against which Cyprian protests with much vehemence: ne pecuniae commissae sibi fraudator, ne stuprator virginum, ne matrimoniorum multorum depopulator et corruptor, ultra adhuc sponsam Christi incorruptam praesentiae suae dedecore, et impudica atque incesta contagione, violaret. History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire — Volume 1
  • Other than releasing small amounts of oil from the Reserve for very limited short term climatic or pipeline disruptions, extortionist high oil prices that were risking a national economic calamity were never adequate cause to tap the SPR in this administration's reckoning. Raymond J. Learsy: Stop The Energy Department From Hiking Oil Prices By Reinstituting Purchases For The Strategic Petroleum Reserve
  • Now, as for those in our church who contend for the ceremonies, many of them are led by such _argumenta inartificialia_, as wealth, preferment, &c., and if conscience be at all looked to by them, yet they only throw and extort an assent and allowance from it, when worldly respects have made them to propend and incline to an anterior liking of the ceremonies. The Works of Mr. George Gillespie (Vol. 1 of 2)
  • The inscription above the arch, "To a happy and prosperous entrance," seemed a mockery in the old douanier days, when delays and extortions vexed the soul of the visitor, and produced a mood anything but favourable to the enjoyment of the Eternal City. Roman Mosaics Or, Studies in Rome and Its Neighbourhood
  • And vice associated with prostitution - pimping, extortion and drug abuse - simultaneously diminished.
  • All were accused of drugs and arms trafficking, money laundering, extortion and conspiracy to murder. Times, Sunday Times
  • The acronym stood for “Special Executive for Counterintelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion.” The Fiddler in the Subway
  • The Barbary States filled outrageous shopping lists, such as cannon to protect their harbors from the very people they were extorting. William Dietrich: Pirate Parallels
  • Davis, I'd sieze every private pipeline, powerline, and power plant and hold them hostage until the energy industry pays back every dime they extorted from the state. Boing Boing: September 22, 2002 - September 28, 2002 Archives
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