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Webster 1913 Edition


Extort

Ex-tort′

,
Verb.
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.

Ex-tort′

,
Verb.
I.
To practice extortion.
[Obs.]
Spenser.

Ex-tort′

,
p.
p.
&
Adj.
[L.
extortus
. p. p.]
Extorted.
[Obs.]
Spenser.

Webster 1828 Edition


Extort

EXTORT'

,
Verb.
T.
[L. extortus, from extorqueo, to wrest from; ex and torqueo, to twist.]
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'

,
Verb.
I.
To practice extortion.

Definition 2022


extort

extort

English

Verb

extort (third-person singular simple present extorts, present participle extorting, simple past and past participle extorted)

  1. (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
  2. (transitive, law) To obtain by means of the offense of extortion.
  3. (transitive and intransitive, medicine, ophthalmology) To twist outwards.

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