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  • extortion — ex·tor·tion /ik stȯr shən/ n 1: the act or practice of extorting esp. money or other property; specif: the act or practice of extorting by a public official acting under color of office 2: the crime of extorting ex·tor·tion·ate / shə nət/ adj… …   Law dictionary

  • Extortion — Ex*tor tion, n. [F. extorsion.] 1. The act of extorting; the act or practice of wresting anything from a person by force, by threats, or by any undue exercise of power; undue exaction; overcharge. [1913 Webster] 2. (Law) The offense committed by… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • extortion — c.1300, from L. extortionem (nom. extortio) a twisting out, extorting, noun of action from pp. stem of extorquere wrench out, wrest away, to obtain by force, from ex out (see EX (Cf. ex )) + torquere to twist (see THWART (Cf. thwart)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • extortion — [n] blackmail; cheating arm, badger, bite, coercion, compulsion, demand, exaction, force, fraud, oppression, payoff, payola*, pressure, protection, racket, rapacity, shake, shakedown*, squeeze, stealing, swindle, theft; concepts 53,139,192,342 …   New thesaurus

  • extortion — [ek stôr′shən, ikstôr′shən] n. [ME extorcioun < OFr extorcion < LL(Ec) extorsio < L extortus] 1. a) the act of extorting, or getting money, etc. by threats, misuse of authority, etc.: sometimes applied to the exaction of too high a price …   English World dictionary

  • Extortion — Exact redirects here. For the exact sciences, see Exact science. Extort redirects here. For the album by KMFDM, see XTORT …   Wikipedia

  • extortion — /ik stawr sheuhn/, n. 1. an act or instance of extorting. 2. Law. the crime of obtaining money or some other thing of value by the abuse of one s office or authority. 3. oppressive or illegal exaction, as of excessive price or interest: the… …   Universalium

  • extortion — extort ex‧tort [ɪkˈstɔːt ǁ ɔːrt] verb [transitive] LAW to illegally force someone to give you money by threatening them: extort money from/​out of somebody • Smith was arrested on suspicion of having extorted property and money from at least 18… …   Financial and business terms

  • extortion — The obtaining of property from another induced by wrongful use of actual or threatened force, violence, or fear, or under color of official right. 18 U.S.C.A. No. 871 et seq.; No. 1951. A person is guilty of theft by extortion if he purposely… …   Black's law dictionary

  • extortion — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ attempted ▪ alleged EXTORTION + NOUN ▪ racket ▪ He was known for running a brutal extortion racket …   Collocations dictionary

  • extortion — n. to commit; practice extortion * * * [ɪk stɔːʃ(ə)n] practice extortion to commit …   Combinatory dictionary

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