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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

3. That which is extorted or exacted by force.

Syn: Oppression; rapacity; exaction; overcharge. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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