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v. ex·tort·ed, ex·tort·ing, ex·torts
1. To obtain (something) by the criminal offense of extortion.
2. To obtain by coercion, intimidation, or psychological pressure: "[She] has no recourse but to model herself on her aunt in a fruitless effort to extort affection from her" (Claudia Nelson).
v.intr. Law
To commit the criminal offense of extortion: a conspiracy to extort.

[Latin extorquēre, extort-, to wrench out, extort : ex-, ex- + torquēre, to twist; see terkw- in Indo-European roots.]

ex·tort′er n.
ex·tor′tive adj.
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However, according to a police report posted on the General Commissariat of the National Police's website, Su said Eng was a known extorter of luxury wood traders.
With reliable supply in mind, one of the key things is also the diversification of supplies, for over-dependency on only one supplier poses a significantly larger additional risk of political and economic leverage being extorter on the consumer nation.
In this sense by threatening to enforce an already established law, the extorter can effectively enforce a variety of unwritten rules; since selective enforcement need not be limited to a single law each law that is selectively enforced provides government actors with an increasingly wider range of rent they can extract.
Despite his manifest shortcomings as an extorter of wealth on the high seas, his crew remains fiercely loyal to him.
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