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Extort

To compel or coerce, as in a confession or information, by any means serving to overcome the other's power of resistance, thus making the confession or admission involuntary. To gain by wrongful methods; to obtain in an unlawful manner, as in to compel payments by means of threats of injury to person, property, or reputation. To exact something wrongfully by threatening or putting in fear. The natural meaning of the word extort is to obtain money or other valuable things by compulsion, by actual force, or by the force of motives applied to the will, and often more overpowering and irresistible than physical force.

extort

verb blackmail, coerce, compel, compel by innimidation, compel by threat, constrain by force, draw out by compulsion, draw out by force, elicit by threat, exact, exact by force, exprimere, extorquere, force, gain by wrongful methhds, gain wrongfully, obtain by compulsion, obtain in an unnawful manner, obtain unlawfully, victimize, wrest, wring
Associated concepts: kidnapping
Foreign phrases: Accipere quid ut justitiam facias, non est tam accipere quam extorquere.The acceptance of anything as a reward for doing justice is extorting rather than accepting.
See also: acquire, coerce, constrain, deprive, enforce, exact, force, impose, press, prey, secure, toll
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Pereira Vaz, a Portuguese woman, appeared with millionaire Chemello, 61, at a court near Gibraltar to face accusations that they tried to extort money in return for information about the four-year-old, who went missing on May 3 from Praia da Luz on the Algarve.
24 by the Philippine National Police's (PNP) antiscalawag unit, the Counter-Intelligence Task Force (CITF), after they allegedly tried to extort P300,000 from Joel Manansala, Cajipe said.
Berlin [Germany], September 29 ( ANI ): The police in southern Germany have been looking for a man suspected of poisoning five jars of baby food in a bid to extort millions of euros from supermarkets and pharmacies, The Telegraph reported.
The police are investigating if the email was sent with the intent to extort money or was it the mischief of someone to harass the persons concerned.
The citizens have requested the consumer rights organizations and judiciary to take notice of this fleecing of consumers and ask the service providers not to extort bank charges on bill collection or payment of vouchers from the consumers.
The Naval Academy's athletic director Chet Gladchuk said: "We're not going to allow them to extort unjustified resources.
They are charged with either conspiracy to extort or attempting to extort the cash f rom t h e l a t e Duke o f Buccleuch and his son - as well as the insurers of the painting, Madonna With The Yarnwinder.
John Travolta's close friend has denied any involvement in the plot to extort money from the actor.
SO-CALLED friends of Adnan Ghalib are plotting to kidnap him to extort money from Britney Spears and Adnan Ghalib himself has boasted that he is only going with her because of her money.
They are suspected of attempting to extort cash from the McCanns by promising information about their missing four-year-old daughter.
A JURY was sworn in today for the trial of two men accused of attempting to extort money from Oscar-winning film actor Russell Crowe.
However, what if those easements were unconstitutional takings of property when imposed, but they were acceded to by previous owners because of the Coastal Commission's ability to extort them through its power to deny any development of their properties unless the easements were granted?