What does extortion mean?

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ɪkˈstɔr ʃənex·tor·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. extortion(noun)

    an exorbitant charge

  2. extortion(noun)

    unjust exaction (as by the misuse of authority)

    "the extortion by dishonest officials of fees for performing their sworn duty"

  3. extortion(noun)

    the felonious act of extorting money (as by threats of violence)


  1. extortion(Noun)

    the practice of extorting money or other property, especially by a public official, by the use of threats

Webster Dictionary

  1. Extortion(noun)

    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

  2. Extortion(noun)

    the offense committed by an officer who corruptly claims and takes, as his fee, money, or other thing of value, that is not due, or more than is due, or before it is due

  3. Extortion(noun)

    that which is extorted or exacted by force


  1. Extortion

    Extortion is a criminal offence of unlawfully obtaining money, property, or services from a person, entity, or institution, through coercion. Refraining from doing harm is sometimes euphemistically called protection. Extortion is commonly practiced by organized crime groups. The actual obtainment of money or property is not required to commit the offense. Making a threat of violence which refers to a requirement of a payment of money or property to halt future violence is sufficient to commit the offense. Exaction refers not only to extortion or the unlawful demanding and obtaining of something through force, but additionally, in its formal definition, means the infliction of something such as pain and suffering or making somebody endure something unpleasant. Extortion is distinguished from robbery. In armed robbery, the offender takes goods from the victim with use of immediate force. In robbery goods are taken or an attempt is made to take the goods against the will of another—with or without force. A bank robbery or extortion of a bank can be committed by a letter handed by the criminal to the teller. In extortion, the victim is threatened to hand over goods, or else damage to their reputation or other harm or violence against them may occur. Under United States federal law extortion can be committed with or without the use of force and with or without the use of a weapon. A key difference is that extortion always involves a written or verbal threat whereas robbery can occur without any verbal or written threat.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. extortion

    Under the modern laws of war, honorable men no longer permit the use of any violence against prisoners in order to extort information or to punish them for having given false information.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of extortion in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of extortion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of extortion in a Sentence

  1. Kristen Winemiller:

    Over the course of several months in 2013-2014 Terry was the victim of an extortion ring led by several men known to law enforcement, this current arrest is connected to the ongoing investigation of that case in which Mr. Bean has fully cooperated.

  2. Steve Kraus:

    Unfortunately it's a common problem in just about every country in the world, when you confiscate condoms, studies again and again show that condoms are less likely to be used. Commercial sex is going to take place in more risky venues, where the women selling sex are more vulnerable to violence, extortion, robbery, assault, gang rape.

  3. Zeev Elkin:

    I think this is extortion, I have no other way of describing it.

  4. Alfonso Sabella:

    This is not your traditional mafia involved in drug dealing or extortion rackets. This is something original.

  5. David Kennedy:

    It was more of an extortion case beforehand.

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