extortion extortion  /ɪk ˈstɔr ʃən/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) an exorbitant charge
  2. (n) unjust exaction (as by the misuse of authority)
  3. (n) the felonious act of extorting money (as by threats of violence)

Derived Word(s)

Usage(s):

  1. The extortion case has fueled wild speculation about Sypher's allegations.
  2. But the woman who brought the charges -- a friend of the dead starlet -- never testified in court because of a past record of extortion, racketeering and bigamy.
  3. The club dues, actually a form of extortion, amounted to $1.

News

  1. Police arrest owner of moving co. under investigation for extortion

    WWLTV.com Email: webteam@wwltv.com | Twitter: @WWLTV MANDEVILLE, La. - The owner of a Metairie-based moving company that was under investigation for extortion was arrested, according to the Mandeville Police Department. Dunwoodie McDuffie, 45, was behind bars on Wednesday morning and police expected to make more arrests in the case. He was booked with extortion and unauthorized use of a ...
    on June 19, 2013     Source: WWL-TV, Channel 4 New Orleans

  2. 10 suspects arrested in Juárez extortion case

    Chihuahua state investigators have arrested the alleged members of an extortion gang suspected of demanding weekly payments from more than 300 Juárez businesses during the past five years, officials said.
    on June 19, 2013     Source: El Paso Times

  3. Chihuahua state investigators arrest members of Juárez extortion gang

    Chihuahua state investigators have arrested the members of an extortion gang suspected of demanding weekly payments from more than 300 Juárez businesses during the last five years, officials said.
    on June 19, 2013     Source: El Paso Times

Quotes

  1. "There are thousands of producers who work all year to harvest the fruits of their labor and it is the only income they have for the year, so we have to prevent extortion," said Tamaulipas Gov. Eugenio Hernandez Flores during a meeting with a...
    on Jun 25, 2010 By: Eugenio Hernández Flores Source: Victoria Advocate

  2. In it, she quotes Rep. Michele Bachmann as saying calls for BP to pay cleanup costs amounted to "extortion ...... She has said, 'If I was the head of BP I would let the signal get out there, we're not going to be chumps,'" Clark says of her...
    on Jun 23, 2010 By: Michele Bachmann Source: The Associated Press

  3. "We have a gun to our head," said Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite, R-Fla., who opposed the bill. "This isn't legislation - it's extortion."
    on Sep 29, 2008 By: Ginny Brown-Waite Source: Forbes

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