extort vt[Latin extortus , past participle of extorquere to remove by twisting, obtain by force, from ex- out + torquere to twist]
: to obtain (as money) from a person by force, intimidation, or undue or unlawful use of authority or power
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.