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1. Illegal use of one's official position or powers to obtain property, funds, or patronage.
2. The act or an instance of extorting something, as by psychological pressure.
3. An excessive or exorbitant charge.

ex·tor′tion·ar′y (-shə-nĕr′ē) adj.
ex·tor′tion·ist, ex·tor′tion·er n.


characterized by or prone to extortion


(ɪkˈstɔr ʃəˌnɛr i)

characterized by or given to extortion.
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Although they won much love from the Somali people for reducing the number of extortionary checkpoints and amount of militia fighting, they became targets of American wrath.
All of this is consistent with the notion that campaign contributions are like bribes, or, as Fred McChesney (1987) argues, extortionary payoffs.
The extortionary tactic was responsible for last fall's 16-day government shutdown.
Silva, with her extortionary demands escalating over time from $120,000 (USD) to $20 million (USD).