extortion

Definitions:

  • Illegal use of one's official position or powers to obtain property, funds, or patronage.
  • The act or an instance of extorting something, as by psychological pressure.
  • An excessive or exorbitant charge.
  • 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.
  • In <em>law</em>, 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.
  • That which is extorted; a gross overcharge: as, the price you paid was an <em>extortion.</em>
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • That which is extorted or exacted by force.
  • The practice of <xref>extorting</xref> <xref>money</xref> or other <xref>property</xref> by the use of <xref>force</xref> or <xref>threats</xref>.
  • an exorbitant charge
  • unjust exaction (as by the misuse of authority)
  • the felonious act of extorting money (as by threats of violence)
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