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extort (v.)

1520s, "obtain by force or compulsion; wrest away by oppressive means," from Latin extortus, past participle of extorquere "obtain by force," literally "to wrench out," from ex "out" (see ex-) + torquere "to twist" (from PIE root *terkw- "to twist"). Related: Extorted; extorting. As a past-participle adjective from early 15c.

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Definitions of extort from WordNet

extort (v.)
obtain through intimidation;
extort (v.)
obtain by coercion or intimidation;
They extorted money from the executive by threatening to reveal his past to the company boss
Synonyms: squeeze / rack / gouge / wring
extort (v.)
get or cause to become in a difficult or laborious manner;
Synonyms: wring from
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