from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To obtain from another by coercion or intimidation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. 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.
- v. To obtain by means of the offense of extortion.
- v. To twist outwards.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. 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
- transitive v. To get by the offense of extortion. See Extortion, 2.
- intransitive v. To practice extortion.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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.
- In law, to take illegally under color of office. See extortion.
- To practise extortion.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. get or cause to become in a difficult or laborious manner
- v. obtain through intimidation
- v. obtain by coercion or intimidation
Latin extorquēre, extort-, to wrench out, extort : ex-, ex- + torquēre, to twist; see terkw- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin extortus, past participle of extorquere ("to twist or wrench out, to extort"); from ex ("out") + -tort, from torqueō ("twist, turn"). (Wiktionary)