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From Anglo-Norman extorcion, extorcioun, extorsioun, from Late Latin extortiō, from extorqueō.

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extortion (plural extortions)

  1. The practice of extorting money or other property by the use of force or threats.
    Synonym: blackmail
    • 1986 February 17, Bill Watterson, Calvin & Hobbes (comic):
      Heck, what's a little extortion among friends?

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