Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
extortus, p. p. of
extorquereto twist or wrench out, to extort;
torquereto turn about, twist. See
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;
extortcontributions from the vanquished; to
extortconfessions of guilt; to
extorta promise; to
extortpayment of a debt.
To get by the offense of extortion. See
To practice extortion.
extortus. p. p.]
Webster 1828 Edition
1.To draw from by force or compulsion; to wrest or wring from by physical force, by menace, duress, violence, authority, or by an illegal means. Conquerors extort contributions from the vanquished; tyrannical princes extort money from their subjects; officers often extort illegal fees; confessions of guilt are extorted by the rack. A promise extorted by duress is not binding.
2.To gain by violence or oppression.
extort (third-person singular simple present extorts, present participle extorting, simple past and past participle extorted)
- (transitive) To take or seize off an unwilling person by physical force, menace, duress, torture, or any undue or illegal exercise of power or ingenuity
- to extort contributions from the vanquished
- to extort confessions of guilt
- to extort a promise
- to extort payment of a debt
- (transitive, law) To obtain by means of the offense of extortion.
- (transitive and intransitive, medicine, ophthalmology) To twist outwards.
to wrest from an unwilling person by undue or illegal exercise of power or ingenuity
to obtain by means of the offense of extortion