Definition of extortion in English:


Pronunciation /ikˈstôrSH(ə)n/ /ɪkˈstɔrʃ(ə)n/

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  • The practice of obtaining something, especially money, through force or threats.

    ‘he used bribery and extortion to build himself a huge, art-stuffed mansion’
    • ‘extortion rackets’
    • ‘Brute force, extortion, and bribery are not a policy, they are the last refuge of a mafioso.’
    • ‘At the least, we can ask that American citizens not pay extortion money to enemy governments in a time of war.’
    • ‘The underworld is once again making extortion threats to Bollywood figures.’
    • ‘It used to be that the gangs would never demand extortion money from the bars or restaurants in their own neighbourhoods.’
    • ‘She is said to have made a roaring business out of extortion and prostitution.’
    • ‘The offence of blackmail is broadened from the current offence of extortion by certain threats.’
    • ‘The evidence was that the threats made to him as a result of his failure to pay extortion money on the coffee plantation in Risaralda continued there.’
    • ‘Several times, the family had to pay extortion money to get him released from the illegal custody.’
    • ‘For instance, extortion threats against online bookmakers have become an increasing problem in recent months.’
    • ‘Firms who experience such extortion threats should contact the police, Barrett advises.’
    • ‘There was no extortion or threat that J.D. could avoid charges if he acted in some manner.’
    • ‘Bribery puts dirty money into the hands of politicians, but corrupt politicians are exposed to extortion from mafiosos.’
    • ‘It's not gang turf warfare over drugs, prostitution, extortion or anything like that.’
    • ‘He also runs a number of extortion rackets and has been convicted for damaging bars in and around Belfast.’
    • ‘This technology is just too well suited to industry extortion for that not to be a significant driving force behind it.’
    • ‘But charging extra is a bad practice and it is nothing short of extortion.’
    • ‘They are on a mission to attain power by using economic extortion to dictate what people are allowed to eat.’
    • ‘Corruption and extortion are constant themes in the local press.’
    • ‘If a policeman or a civilian asks for payment, remember extortion is a criminal offence no matter who does it.’
    • ‘They cheated their own people and used extortion against them in doing the overlords' dirty work.’
    demanding money with menaces, exaction, extraction, blackmail
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Middle English from late Latin extortio(n-), from Latin extorquere ‘wrest’ (see extort).