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extort

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v extort get or cause to become in a difficult or laborious manner
    • v extort 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"
    • v extort obtain through intimidation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • p. p. & a Extort Extorted.
    • Extort (Law) To get by the offense of extortion. See Extortion, 2.
    • v. i Extort To practice extortion.
    • Extort To wrest from an unwilling person by physical force, menace, duress, torture, or any undue or illegal exercise of power or ingenuity; to wrench away (from); to tear away; to wring (from); to exact; as, to extort contributions from the vanquished; to extort confessions of guilt; to extort a promise; to extort payment of a debt.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • extort To obtain, as from a holder of desired possessions or knowledge, by force or compulsion; wrest or wring away by any violent or oppressive means, as physical force, menace, duress, torture, authority, monopoly, or the necessities of others.
    • extort In law, to take illegally under color of office. See extortion. Synonyms Enforce, etc. (see exact, v. t.); wrench, force.
    • extort To practise extortion.
    • extort Extortionate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Extort eks-tort′ to gain or draw from by compulsion or violence
    • p.adj Extort wrongfully obtained
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. extortus, p. p. of extorquere, to twist or wrench out, to extort; ex, out + torquere, to turn about, twist. See Torsion

Usage

In literature:

From the suffering victim himself nothing was heard but an inarticulate groan extorted by his agony.
"History of Julius Caesar" by Jacob Abbott
Not a sixpence beyond that one advance of the two hundred pounds had the bailiff been able to extort from his son-in-law.
"Fenton's Quest" by M. E. Braddon
One Day they shouldered him into a Corner and extorted a Promise.
"More Fables" by George Ade
This man gave himself up, during his administration, to a course of the most shameless extortion.
"A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times Volume I. of VI." by Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
His chancellor, Gattinera, refused to seal a treaty extorted by force and violated, in advance, by lack of good faith.
"A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times Volume IV. of VI." by Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
Torture of the most fiendish sort was evoked to catch offenders and extort confessions.
"Crime: Its Cause and Treatment" by Clarence Darrow
Besides, how could he be sure that Billy would not play upon his fears to extort further sums?
"Eric" by Frederic William Farrar
Mr. Blake hurriedly explained the attempted extortion of which Jack had been guilty.
"The Boy Scouts of the Eagle Patrol" by Howard Payson
It is operated on a system founded in lies and extortion.
"What eight million women want" by Rheta Childe Dorr
Did they want to extort more money, or were they ignorant that this was his train?
"Overland" by John William De Forest
TORTURE, JUDICIAL, torture to extort a confession, practised in England till 1588, and in Scotland by thumbscrews and the boot till 1690.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
I was a thriving man in those days, Master Seadrift; but thy spirit seems the spirit of extortion itself!
"The Water-Witch or, The Skimmer of the Seas" by James Fenimore Cooper
Some of the Spaniards alleged that Alvarado made him a prisoner in order to extort gold for his ransom.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. IV." by Robert Kerr
True that they practise blackmail and extortion?
"The Penalty" by Gouverneur Morris
The mass of extortions were found to exceed in reality any previous estimate.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction" by Various
King John by cruel measures extorted large sums from wealthy Jews.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol XI." by Edited by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
The immunity I accord is not conceded to your sanctity, but extorted by your scent.
"Cobwebs From an Empty Skull" by Ambrose Bierce (AKA: Dod Grile)
Thus in the end was extorted from the king a commission from some lords to sign the bill.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol XII." by Arthur Mee
The Chinese suffer oppression and extortion from the customs officers; this must be corrected.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898" by E. H. Blair
The first thing was to pour French troops into Italy so as to extort better terms: the next was to declare war on Venice.
"The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2)" by John Holland Rose
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In poetry:

It is no common sorrow,
Extorts that bitter groan;
'Tis from the broken hearted,
And caused by sin alone.
"The Great Physician" by Mary Ann H T Bigelow
Old Massachusetts' Fifty-fourth
Filed into line, and swelled the ranks,
And charged so nobly on the South
As to extort the Nation's thanks.
"The Triumph Of Liberty" by James Madison Bell
I was advis'd a thousand times, or more,
What I extorted, to refund again,
But rather than I wou'd a mite restore,
I chose to suffer here eternal pain.
"The Complaint And The Advice Of Dives, To His Five Brethren (Part 1)" by Rees Prichard
We lookt on this side of thee, shooting short;
Where we did finde
The shells of fledge souls left behinde,
Dry dust, which sheds no tears, but may extort.
"Death" by George Herbert
Their blood extorted vengeance from the sky —
A vengeance justly-due unto my guilt!
And to the fiends their injur'd spirits cry,
To pay me home for all the blood I spilt.
"The Complaint And The Advice Of Dives, To His Five Brethren (Part 1)" by Rees Prichard
They who are wholly broken, and they in whom
mercy is understanding, I shall embrace at once
and lead to pillows in heaven. But they who are
the meek by trade, baiting the best of their betters
with the extortions of a mock-helplessness
"In Place Of A Curse" by John Anthony Ciardi

In news:

VENTURA, Calif.—More than two dozen people have been charged in connection with case where the notorious Mexican Mafia prison gang controlled the street drug activities of local gangs through extortion, authorities said Tuesday.
Ex-Yankees pitcher Carl Pavano was the target of an alleged extortion plot by a former classmate demanding money and a luxury SUV, according to reports Thursday.
A former Baylor basketball player was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison Wednesday for trying to get $1 million from Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III through extortion .
A former Baylor basketball player has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for trying to extort $1 million from Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III.
Earlier this year, Robert Griffin III was the victim of an extortion plot when Richard Hurd threatened to release damaging information about the quarterback.
Hamilton Mayor John Bencivengo is found guilty on five counts of extortion, related offenses (with video).
MIAMI (AP) — The former lead compliance officer for Miami Beach has been sentenced to more than four years in prison for extorting money from a local nightclub owner.
A former Baylor University basketball player was sentenced to 18 months in prison Wednesday for trying to extort $1 million from former Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III.
Former officer's convictions of bribery, attempted extortion affirmed.
Italian police have arrested six people accused of trying to extort ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi for (EURO)35 million ($45 million) in exchange for documents they claimed could help him in a legal case.
ROME — Italian police have arrested six people accused of trying to extort ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi for €35 million ($45 million) in exchange for documents they claimed could help him in a legal case.
ROME (AP) — Italian police have arrested six people accused of trying to extort ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi for €35 million ($45 million) in exchange for documents they claimed could help him in a legal case.
Hochul, US Attorney Hochul Targets of Extortion .
Wednesday's indictment repeats that charge and accuses Tofflemire of trying to extort money from a person identified only as L. Smith, in two interstate communications.
Ferguson's attorney rips into government's witness on extortion charge.
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In science:

Leary wanted to extort money from the Transit Authority.
Inferring Strategies for Sentence Ordering in Multidocument News Summarization
Here are some facts that highlight the special nature of security threats: • Attacks are frequently carried out by well organized groups with a commercial background (spamming, extortion, industrial espionage) • Multi-stage attacks skilfully combine vulnerabilities on system level and organizational level c(cid:13) I.
Model-Based Security Testing
Goodman et al. examined the possibility of homicide and extortion attacks by hacking implantable medical devices .
The Enemy Within: The Emerging Threats to Healthcare from Malicious Mobile Devices
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