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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Extortion  \Ex*tor"tion\,  n.  [F.  extorsion.] 
  1.  The  act  of  extorting;  the  act  or  practice  of  wresting 
  anything  from  a  person  by  force,  by  threats,  or  by  any 
  undue  exercise  of  power;  undue  exaction;  overcharge. 
 
  2.  (Law)  The  offense  committed  by  an  officer  who  corruptly 
  claims  and  takes  as  his  fee,  money,  or  other  thing  of 
  value,  that  is  not  due,  or  more  than  is  due,  or  before  it 
  is  due.  --Abbott. 
 
  3.  That  which  is  extorted  or  exacted  by  force. 
 
  Syn:  Oppression;  rapacity;  exaction;  overcharge. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  extortion 
  n  1:  an  exorbitant  charge 
  2:  unjust  exaction  (as  by  the  misuse  of  authority):  "the 
  extortion  by  dishonest  officials  of  fees  for  performing 
  their  sworn  duty" 
  3:  the  felonious  act  of  extorting  money  (as  by  threats  of 
  violence) 




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