Extort

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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.

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A series of events are set to be staged throughout the region as part of a campaign aimed at fighting crooks who loan cash to their victims at extortionate interest rates.
We believe these men are targeting the elderly and vulnerable, offering to do small jobs and charging extortionate prices for a minimum of work.
The Aigburth beauty queen was sacked by competition organisers for stripping off in a shoot for Playboy for an "extortionate" amount of money.
We get charged extortionate prices for the food too and also staff are not allowed to use the ward drinks facilities' we have to provide our own tea and coffee, even milk and sugar.
Mr Opik, MP for Montgomeryshire, said: ``This rate seems extortionate and my constituent is concerned her son is having to spend a fortune just to keep in contact with his family.
'That's why we're pressing for changes to the Consumer Credit Act that will make it easier for borrowers to challenge unfair and extortionate loans.'
As a quarter per cent rise in interest rates was announced yesterday, estate agents across Wales said vendors are realising they can no longer expect extortionate prices.
The probe by the Office of Fair trading must put an end to the exploitation of parents who are forced to pay extortionate prices during half-term.
Sir, - There has been comment in your business section about the decline in manufacturing output and struggling small companies who are not likely to be helped by the extortionate rises being quoted for insurance premiums.
And the cut-price camping made the trip a reality for thousands of cash-strapped fans, who've already paid for tickets and flights, but can't afford extortionate hotel costs.
Mum-of-one Leonie Taplin, a 22-year-old shop volunteer from Cotteridge, said: "Charges are extortionate. I've been on unnecessary detours that really make me angry with the drivers and that's why I avoid getting black cabs."
REGARDING the extortionate prices patients are charged for bedside phones and to watch television, even their visitors are paying the price for coming to hospital to visit their loved ones.