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Definition of EXTORTION

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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 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. --Abbott. [1913 Webster]

     3. That which is extorted or exacted by force.

     Syn: Oppression; rapacity; exaction; overcharge. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

69 Moby Thesaurus words for "extortion": armed robbery, asportation, assault and robbery, badger game, banditry, bank robbery, blackmail, bloodsucking, call, call for, cattle lifting, cattle stealing, claim, contribution, demand, demand for, draft, drain, duty, exaction, exploitation, extortionate demand, heavy demand, heist, highway robbery, hijacking, holdup, imposition, impost, indent, insistent demand, levy, loan-sharking, mugging, nonnegotiable demand, notice, order, overassessment, overcharge, pocket picking, protection racket, purse snatching, rending, requirement, requisition, ripping, robbery, robbing, rush, rush order, shakedown, shylocking, stickup, stickup job, surcharge, tax, taxing, tearing, tribute, ultimatum, usury, vampirism, warning, wrench, wrenching, wrest, wresting, wring, wringing


Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]


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