What does extortion mean?

Definitions for extortion
ɪkˈstɔr ʃənex·tor·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. extortionnoun

    an exorbitant charge

  2. extortionnoun

    unjust exaction (as by the misuse of authority)

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

  3. extortionnoun

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


  1. extortionnoun

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Extortionnoun

    Etymology: from extort.

    That goodness
    Of gleaning all the land’s wealth into one,
    Into your own hands, cardinal, by extortion. William Shakespeare, H. VIII.

    Oppression and extortion did maintain the greatness, and oppression and extortion did extinguish the greatness of that house. John Davies, on Ireland.

    Because the lords had power to impose this charge, the freeholders were glad to give a great part of their lands to hold the rest free from that extortion. John Davies, on Ireland.

    A succeeding king’s just recovery of rights from unjust usurpations and extortions, shall never be prejudiced by any act of mine. Charles I .


  1. extortion

    Extortion is a criminal activity involving the unlawful acquisition of money, property, or services from an individual, group or institution, typically achieved by force, threat, manipulation or intimidation. The act typically involves coercion, where the victim is pressured or threatened in some way to give up something of value.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Extortionnoun

    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. Extortionnoun

    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. Extortionnoun

    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. Fort Trump:

    Reliance on a single foreign supplier can leave a nation vulnerable to extortion and intimidation, that is why we congratulate European states, such as Poland, for leading the construction of a Baltic pipeline so that nations are not dependent on Russia to meet their energy needs. Germany will become totally dependent on Russian energy if it does not immediately change course.

  2. Timothy Hutton:

    For the past two-and-a-half years, I have been the target of multiple extortion attempts by a woman named Sera Dale Johnston to extract millions of dollars from me. She threatened that if I did not meet her demands, she would go to the press with a false allegation that I sexually assaulted her 37 years ago in Canada. I never assaulted Ms. Johnston.

  3. Annie Clark:

    Bribery will not work on Senator Senator Collins, extortion will not work on Senator Collins. And anybody who thinks these tactics would work on Senator Collins obviously doesn't know Senator Collins. This crowdedfunded money to pressure Senator Collins is based on a quid pro quo -- you vote the way we want and we will keep more than a million dollars away from your opponent -- vote against us and we give Senator Collins the money. It is basically a bribe. Senator Collins will make up Senator Collins mind based on the merits of the nomination. Threats or other attempts to bully Senator Collins will not play a factor in Senator Collins decision making whatsoever.

  4. Michael Cohen:

    I am not. No, okay, are you aware of any videotapes that may be the subject of extortion or blackmail?

  5. The CEO:

    Encryption is a powerful tool for privacy, but that includes the privacy of people doing bad things, when billions of people use a service to connect, some of them are going to misuse it for truly terrible things like child exploitation, terrorism, and extortion.

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