Definition of extort:
- To get by the offense of extortion. See Extortion, 2.
- To practice extortion.
- To wrest from an unwilling person by physical force, menace, duress, torture, or any undue or illegal exercise of power or ingenuity; to wrench away ( from); to tear away; to wring ( from); to exact; as, to extort contributions from the vanquished; to extort confessions of guilt; to extort a promise; to extort payment of a debt.
hug, wrest, contract, squeeze, crush, torture, rout, shove, twitch, single-foot, exact, deform, twinge, get, shake down, excruciate, wring, compress, tweet, compact, mash, pinch, wring from, gouge, thrust, pressure, squash, squelch, stuff, contort, bosom, wrench, embrace, press, distort, coerce, torment, force, wedge, rack, force out, scud, hale, constrict.
- extract (part of speech: verb)
- steal (part of speech: verb)
As to the impostors who extort thousands of pounds from the unhappy shareholders, on the pretext that the line will be injurious to their estates, they ought at once to be sent to Brixton for obtaining money under false pretences.
- "The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus", American Anti-Slavery Society.
- "Elsie's Womanhood", Martha Finley.