adjective Date: 1757 1. characterized by extortion 2. excessive, exorbitant <
extortionate prices
extortionately adverb

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  • extortionate — index exorbitant, inordinate, prohibitive (costly), usurious, venal Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • extortionate — [eks tôr′shəner΄ē, ik stôr′shəner΄ēeks tôr′shə nit] adj. 1. characterized by, or having the nature of, extortion: also extortionary [eks tôr′shəner΄ē, ik stôr′shəner΄ē] 2. excessive; exorbitant [an extortionate price] …   English World dictionary

  • Extortionate — Ex*tor tion*ate, a. Characterized by extortion; oppressive; hard. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • extortionate — (adj.) 1789, from EXTORTION (Cf. extortion) + ATE (Cf. ate) …   Etymology dictionary

  • extortionate — ► ADJECTIVE 1) (of a price) much too high. 2) using or given to extortion. DERIVATIVES extortionately adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • extortionate — extortionately, adv. /ik stawr sheuh nit/, adj. 1. grossly excessive; exorbitant: extortionate prices. 2. characterized by extortion, as persons: extortionate moneylenders. [1780 90; EXTORTION + ATE1] * * * …   Universalium

  • extortionate — ex|tor|tion|ate [ıkˈsto:ʃənıt US o:r ] adj an extortionate price, demand etc is unreasonably high = ↑exorbitant ▪ Many local taxi drivers charge extortionate rates. >extortionately adv …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • extortionate — ex|tor|tion|ate [ ık stɔrʃnət ] adjective if a price or request for money is extortionate it is much higher than is reasonable: extortionate rents ╾ ex|tor|tion|ate|ly adverb: extortionately priced cosmetics …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • extortionate — adjective an extortionate price, demand, etc is extremely high: Most drivers under 25 can only get insurance at extortionate rates. extortionately adverb …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • extortionate — UK [ɪkˈstɔː(r)ʃ(ə)nət] / US [ɪkˈstɔrʃ(ə)nət] adjective if a price or request for money is extortionate it is much higher than is reasonable extortionate rents Derived word: extortionately adverb extortionately priced cosmetics …   English dictionary

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