Definition of extortionate in English:



  • 1(of a price) much too high; exorbitant.

    ‘extortionate ticket prices’
    • ‘This means that everyone wanting to purchase a home in Alice Springs is forced to pay an extortionate price.’
    • ‘Presently we buy gas at extortionate prices; experts allege that the UK market is easily manipulated, with price-rigging by continental companies who control the pipelines.’
    • ‘The only alternative was for the whole wedding party to stand around in the nasty battered reception, paying extortionate prices for bottles of beer from the check-in guys.’
    • ‘The ticket prices were not extortionate, it was after all a semi final, and we don't play at home again until February 7.’
    • ‘How do young people have the money to buy these tickets, usually in bulk, and at extortionate prices.’
    • ‘I've managed to catch the last 3 travelling shows, and almost not minded the extortionate ticket prices.’
    • ‘We aren't happy, we are overcharging people as it is and after midnight prices are just extortionate.’
    • ‘The alert follows a flood of complaints about itinerant traders who charge extortionate prices for bitumen coverings for drives.’
    • ‘Where is the financial benefit in facing extortionate price increases without an even greater rise in income?’
    • ‘They come along and put in what you would term inferior equipment and charge extortionate prices for it.’
    • ‘The signs indicating this extortionate price rise were not prominently placed and when I complained I was told to ‘park elsewhere then’.’
    • ‘One hackney cab driver, who asked not to be named, said: ‘I know the prices are extortionate - but I have no option.’’
    • ‘We would urge everyone living in Lyneham or travelling through on August 13 to boycott the station and make a stand against the extortionate prices we are being charged for petrol.’
    • ‘The York City Baths Club is pulling out of swimming lessons at the Barbican due to another extortionate price hike, this time at the council-run pools.’
    • ‘People should always be careful when they're being asked these extortionate prices.’
    • ‘High pressure sales techniques, extortionate prices and poor quality workmanship await those who agree to free security checks from suspicious firms cold-calling at the door or over the phone, warn police.’
    • ‘There was beer, there was music and there was undercooked greasy food at extortionate prices.’
    • ‘Rather, he is keen to defend football from the usual allegations that ticket prices are extortionate.’
    • ‘Buy lots of ready-grown plants at extortionate prices’
    • ‘You can travel during school terms, escaping screaming children and extortionate prices.’
    exorbitant, excessively high, excessive, sky-high, outrageous, preposterous, immoderate, unreasonable, inordinate, prohibitive, ruinous, punitive, inflated, more than one can afford
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  • 2Using or given to extortion.

    ‘the extortionate power of the unions’
    • ‘In response, the author proposes a new crime of "extortionate destruction."’
    • ‘This is an extortionate use of the indictment power.’
    • ‘More systematic than previous repressions, the example did much to ensure that revolts did not recur, even during the infinitely harsher and more extortionate later years of the reign.’
    • ‘Two "business agents" who have been charged with blackmailing and extortionate practices will be ousted from office by the Upholsterers' Union if the present plans of the leaders are carried out.’
    grasping, bloodsucking, avaricious, greedy, rapacious, predatory, usurious, exacting, harsh, severe, rigorous, hard, oppressive
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