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Meaning of extort

ex•tort

Pronunciation: (ik-stôrt'), [key]
— v.t.
    1. to wrest or wring (money, information, etc.) from a person by violence, intimidation, or abuse of authority; obtain by force, torture, threat, or the like.
    2. to take illegally by reason of one's office.
  1. to compel (something) of a person or thing: Her wit and intelligence extorted their admiration.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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