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Topic: CRIME

Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of extorquere, from torquere 'to twist'

extort

verb
     
ex‧tort [transitive]
SCC to illegally force someone to give you something, especially money, by threatening them [↪ blackmail]
extort something from somebody
Rebels extorted money from local villagers.
extortion noun [uncountable]
He faces charges of kidnapping and extortion.
extortionist noun [countable]
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