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extortioner

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n extortioner a criminal who extorts money from someone by threatening to expose embarrassing information about them
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Extortioner One who practices extortion; an extortionist.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n extortioner One who practises extortion; specifically, one who obtains excessive prices, rent, interest, etc., by means of monopoly or some other advantage.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Extortioner one who practises extortion
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. extorquēre, extortumex, out, torquēre, to twist.

Usage

In literature:

Their masters do not please them: they are extortioners.
"Modern Skepticism: A Journey Through the Land of Doubt and Back Again" by Joseph Barker
The conduct of the King's agent before the election had been very extortionate.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Saint Albans" by Thomas Perkins
Whoever was not a klepht was the victim of some official extortioner.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3" by Various
A slaveholder is an extortioner.
"Autographs for Freedom, Volume 2 (of 2) (1854)" by Various
The warehouse is not very far from the wharf, but the men there charge an extortionate price.
"Saint Bartholomew's Eve" by G. A. Henty
Justice was ill administered; taxation was unequal and extortionate.
"History of the English People, Volume III (of 8)" by John Richard Green
Extortionate fees and taxes were imposed.
"History of the United States, Vol. I (of VI)" by E. Benjamin Andrews
They were as great extortioners, however, as any of the pure negro race.
"Great African Travellers" by W.H.G. Kingston
These were great demands, and were regarded as extortionate and oppressive.
"Usury" by Calvin Elliott
This circus was a traveling shield for all manner of rough extortioners.
"Sundry Accounts" by Irvin S. Cobb
Amongst others he mentions how a native, in a fit of desperation, had killed an extortionate tax-gatherer.
"British Borneo" by W. H. Treacher
The demand was by no means extortionate.
"Lost Lenore" by Charles Beach
But the main drawback to the business is the extortionate fees charged by the Treasury.
"The Law and the Poor" by Edward Abbott Parry
Dr. McLoughlin considered this offer extortionate.
"Dr. John McLoughlin, the Father of Oregon" by Frederick Van Voorhies Holman
Let the extortioner catch all that he hath: and let the strangers spoil his labor.
"A Few Words About the Devil" by Charles Bradlaugh
Not that mine host of the "Red Lion" was at all extortionate when he entertained Henry the Fifth in 1415, on his return from Agincourt.
"The Dover Road" by Charles G. Harper
He is a thorough type of an easy-going scoundrel, extortioner, and spendthrift.
"Judith Trachtenberg" by Karl Emil Franzos
Mr. Pryse had prevented that with his extortionate raising of the rent.
"The Making of William Edwards" by Mrs. G. Linnaeus Banks
We not only protected poor tenants from house-spoilers and extortionate water companies, we gave a helping hand to the housewife.
"From Workhouse to Westminster" by George Haw
The demand was deemed extortionate, and the surgeon was dismissed.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. III, No. XVII, October 1851" by Various
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In poetry:

Time, the extortioner, from richest beauty
Takes heavy toll and wrings rapacious duty.
Austere of feature if thou carve thy rhyme,
Perchance 'twill pay the lesser tax to Time.
"Epigrams" by William Watson

In news:

The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
Are there any alternatives to Apple's overpriced Lightning to 30-pin adapters, the cheapest of which is an extortionate $29.
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