V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: to extract or obtain money, information, or the like, by intimidation, force, or abuse of authority
Synonyms: blackmail, bully, fleece, gouge, cheat, coerce, force, exact
Tips: The related word extortion is a "white collar" felony in which money is extracted from someone using threats or coercion.
The girl decided to extort the secret from her friend by threatening to make up and spread a damaging secret of her own. (blackmail, coerce)
He left for Mexico after successfully extorting money from the company CEO. (forcing, exacting)
He can't expect me to pay him to be quiet; that's extortion. (bribery, blackmail) noun
The CEO's secretary was extorting money from him by threatening to reveal his illicit affair. (blackmailing, coercing)
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