1 to secure (money, favours, etc.) by intimidation, violence, or the misuse of influence or authority
2 to obtain by importunate demands
the children extorted a promise of a trip to the zoo
3 to overcharge for (something, esp. interest on a loan)
(C16: from Latin extortus wrenched out, from extorquere to wrest away, from torquere to twist, wrench)
extortioner, extortionist, extorter n
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