American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To obtain from another by coercion or intimidation.
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. Synonyms Enforce, etc. (see
exact, v. t.); wrench, force.
- To practise extortion.
- v. transitive 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. transitive, law To obtain by means of the offense of extortion.
- v. transitive and intransitive, medicine, ophthalmology To twist outwards.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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
- v. (Law) To get by the offense of extortion. See Extortion, 2.
- v. obsolete To practice extortion.
- obsolete Extorted.
- v. get or cause to become in a difficult or laborious manner
- v. obtain through intimidation
- v. obtain by coercion or intimidation
- From Latin extortus, past participle of extorquere ("to twist or wrench out, to extort"); from ex ("out") + -tort, from torqueō ("twist, turn"). (Wiktionary)
- 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)
“If you leave any where else, ask youself this: how much did MY senator extort from the Dems to buy his/her vote?”
“Any postiton on APD cops who the beat the hell out of their girlfriends and don't get suspended? ...... or is it all about how much $$$$ we can extort from the honest, hard-working people of Aurora?”
“Good provender did these people extort from the poor whalemen, and this provender has wandered into few hands.”
“The original Austro-Polish solution was taken up again, although it was impossible to extort from the Germans a definite statement as to a reasonable western frontier for Poland.”
“His hungry brethren cannot, without a sense of their own injustice, extort from the hunter the game of the forest overtaken or slain by his personal strength and dexterity.”
“Every art was tried to extort from the people the gold and silver which he scattered with a lavish hand from Persia to France: 81 his reign was marked by the vicissitudes or rather by the combat, of rapaciousness and avarice, of splendor and poverty; he lived with the reputation of hidden treasures, 82 and bequeathed to his successor the payment of his debts.”
“The liberality of the emperor was accompanied, however, with two harsh and rigorous conditions, which prudence might justify on the side of the Romans; but which distress alone could extort from the indignant Goths.”
“They dreaded the mysterious power of spells and incantations, of potent herbs, and execrable rites; which could extinguish or recall life, inflame the passions of the soul, blast the works of creation, and extort from the reluctant daemons the secrets of futurity.”
“Not at all coincidentally, it’s the same amount the studios are trying to extort from the ex-marine.”
“Bunker's Hill) extort from the parish official (ruling elder) liberty to use the vacant school-house for that purpose, whereupon Peg, with a toss of her foolish high head (a loud, absurd, empty woman, though an empty especially of any mischief), 'Ah well; thou canna cut me out of God's”
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