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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
References in classic literature ?
The only quality oœ theirs which extorts my respect is a certain sublime selfishness which makes them willing to starve and to let their families starve sooner than do any work they don't like.
Wilt thou impute to obedience what thy fear Extorts, or pleasure to do ill excites?
She said: "I am not the girl that came out and was al legedly trying to extort him.
Ronald, 53, of Upholland, Skelmersdale; Robert Graham, 57, of Ormskirk; and John Doyle, 61, of Ormskirk, all Lancashire; solicitor Calum Jones, 45, of Kilmacolm, Renfrewshire, and solicitor David Boyce, 63, of Airdrie, Lanarkshire, deny conspiring to extort pounds 4.
Rashid, who is a member of Crime Action Society, got printed national emblem on his visiting cards and he allegedly used it to extort money from people by promising that he would help them.
The details emerged on the second day of the trial of five men accused of plotting to extort pounds 4.
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.
Summary: Two men were sentenced to 3 years in prison after being convicted of obstructing justice after they tried to extort money in exchange for testimony in a judicial case.
Summary: Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen, is suing porn actress Capri Anderson, claiming she tried to extort $1 million from him.
The company issued a statement saying that its review of the situation revealed that the hacker was already in possession of a large portion of the customer information needed to access the account at the time he contacted GoDaddy and used it against an employer to extort the remaining information.
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.
A BUSINESSMAN yesterday blamed dissident republican thugs for burning his car in a bid to extort money.