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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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Mr Simmonds said: "We suspected we had a group in the Billesley area committing offences against people, intimidating them, extorting money from them and generally imposing their will.
There is a dif ference between someone extorting someone and not.
Mr Khasru said Ms Hasina had been accused of extorting about pounds 220,000 from a company to allow it to build a power station when she was in office.
On June 25, 2001, DOI and United States Attorney for the Eastern District announced the filing of charges against a total of 19 DOB employees, including 18 current and former DOB Plumbing Inspectors, and one former DOB Boiler Inspector, for extorting bribes in exchange for providing inspection approvals on plumbing projects throughout New York City.
At the time of his arrest, the Osaka police said the actor, at the age of 19, was suspected of beating the younger man, a vocational school student, and extorting 450,000 yen from him from September to October 2000.
A police officer assigned to Manila's international airport is under investigation for allegedly extorting money from two Japanese men, a police report said Wednesday.
This is an organization that finances itself, and probably its Web site, by kidnapping, extorting and killing thousands of honest Colombians, not to mention drug smuggling and oil pipe bombings.
The three comprise two boys, 15 and 16, who are suspected of extorting 40,000 yen and 70,000 yen respectively from the victim, and a 14-year-old girl believed to have received a share of the money extorted from the boy, police said.
This substantial increase, along with a decrease in less profitable threats, such as spam and simple computer viruses, indicates a growth in targeted attacks against specific organizations and industries -- apparently created with the purpose of stealing critical data, identities or extorting money.
Dubai -- A swimming coach has been sentenced to six months in jail by the Court of First Instance for blackmailing his ex-girlfriend (complainant) by sending her personal photographs to her uncle, and extorting Dh2,000 from her.
8 ( ANI ): In a shocking revelation, a senior police officer in Bokaro has said that Maoists are not even sparing poor farmers while extorting money, and, they kill those who do not pay up.