Extort Ex*tort", v. 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. [1913 Webster]

2. (Law) To get by the offense of extortion. See {Extortion}, 2. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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