Definition of extort in English:



  • Obtain (something) by force, threats, or other unfair means.

    ‘he was convicted of trying to extort $1 million from a developer’
    • ‘All the unions did was form cartels and use the threat of violence to keep competitors at bay and extort some wealth from the capitalists.’
    • ‘The administration proceeded to extort large sums of money, ostensibly to repay this cost, and the states ended up following suit.’
    • ‘The police often use torture or the threat of torture to extort money.’
    • ‘The two were eventually netted by the FBI, but the attempt to extort money from her was hard on her and her children.’
    • ‘Sometimes we are talking about criminals when they are extorting money out of children on the way home with threats and violence and that should be dealt with as a criminal act.’
    • ‘I discovered she had been extorting vast sums of money from at least two of her very rich - and, in one case, very senile - residents.’
    • ‘Many corrupt immigration officials extorted vast quantities of money from terrified refugees.’
    • ‘For most, imprisonment at home would equate to unspeakable living conditions, physical torture, and false confessions extorted by threats.’
    • ‘Their threats extort facilities and subsidies from the regimes that increase their strength and influence.’
    • ‘This would bring an end to his many attempts to extort money from organisations on the flimsiest of pretexts.’
    • ‘In the past, they had to hire consultants who extorted a lot of money from them.’
    • ‘Federal forces routinely extort money from detainees' relatives as a condition for release.’
    • ‘This morning the proprietors instructed a senior Bulawayo lawyer to respond to the police's attempt to extort money in this way.’
    • ‘They came out beating their chests and proclaiming that no matter how much it cost them they were not going to succumb to Bailey's attempt at extorting money from them by the threat of a libel action.’
    • ‘Instead the District Attorney's Office and the newspapers focused on allegations that Scalise had extorted vast sums of money from New York's employers.’
    • ‘There are many registered cases of police using the threat of arrest to extort a lot of money from the husband's family.’
    • ‘You could even stop extorting millions of dollars out of municipalities or forcing them to build new stadiums.’
    • ‘Militants assaulted business managers and extorted money they claimed was compensation for unfair dismissals.’
    • ‘It might be for the money, for the experience, or maybe they were extorted into doing it.’
    • ‘At checkpoints throughout the province, the security forces openly extort bribes.’
    force, obtain by force, obtain by threat, obtain by threats, blackmail someone for, extract, exact, coerce, wring, wrest, screw, squeeze, milk, worm something out of someone
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Early 16th century: from Latin extort- ‘wrested’, from the verb extorquere, from ex- ‘out’ + torquere ‘to twist’.