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extortion n

1 : the act or practice of extorting esp. money or other property
: the act or practice of extorting by a public official acting under color of office
2 : the crime of extorting
ex·tor·tion·ate [-shə-nət]

ex·tor·tion·er n

ex·tor·tion·ist [-shə-nist]

Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.