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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Extort  \Ex*tort"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Extorted};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Extorting}.]  [L.  extortus  p.  p.  of  extorquere  to  twist 
  or  wrench  out  to  extort;  ex  out  +  torquere  to  turn  about 
  twist.  See  {Torsion}.] 
  1.  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. 
 
  2.  (Law)  To  get  by  the  offense  of  extortion.  See  {Extortion}, 
  2. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Extort  \Ex*tort"\,  v.  i. 
  To  practice  extortion.  [Obs.]  --Spenser. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Extort  \Ex*tort"\,  p.  p.  &  a.  [L.  extortus  p.  p.] 
  Extorted.  [Obs.]  --Spenser. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  extort 
  v  1:  obtain  through  intimidation 
  2:  obtain  by  coercion  or  intimidation;  "They  extorted  money 
  from  the  executive  by  threatening  to  reveal  his  past  to 
  the  company  boss"  [syn:  {rack},  {gouge},  {wring}] 
  3:  get  or  cause  to  become  in  a  difficult  or  laborious  manner 
  [syn:  {wring  from}] 




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