Extortion - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɪkˈstɔːrʃn|  American pronunciation of the word extortion
Brit.  |ɪkˈstɔːʃ(ə)n|  British pronunciation of the word extortion

noun

- an exorbitant charge
- unjust exaction (as by the misuse of authority)

the extortion by dishonest officials of fees for performing their sworn duty

- the felonious act of extorting money (as by threats of violence)

Examples

He was arrested and charged with extortion.

...six dollars for a cup of coffee is just plain extortion...

This person is guilty of theft by extortion.

the extortion by dishonest officials of fees for performing their sworn duty

He faces charges of kidnapping and extortion.

Word forms

noun
singular: extortion
plural: extortions
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