from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or an instance of extorting.
- n. Illegal use of one's official position or powers to obtain property, funds, or patronage.
- n. An excessive or exorbitant charge.
- n. Something extorted.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The practice of extorting money or other property by the use of force or threats.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. 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.
- n. That which is extorted or exacted by force.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of extorting; the act or practice of wresting anything from a person by force, duress, menace, authority, or any undue exercise of power; oppressive or illegal exaction, as of excessive price, rent, or interest.
- n. In law, strictly, the crime of obtaining money or other property, or service, from another under color of public office, when none is due, or not so much is due, or before it is due. In some of the United States, however, a wider meaning is given to the word by statute.
- n. That which is extorted; a gross overcharge: as, the price you paid was an extortion.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an exorbitant charge
- n. unjust exaction (as by the misuse of authority)
- n. the felonious act of extorting money (as by threats of violence)
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