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The possibility of extortion which this method makes possible is evident.

Of all men, Mark Twain was the last one to countenance an extortion.

But without any undignified murmurs, he submitted to this extortion also.

They have the means of extortion, and the power of enforcing payments.

In order to raise it, they resorted to extortion and corruption.

Intelligence is the great money-maker, not by extortion, but by production.

This, though, turned out to be only the beginning of the extortion processes.

Under Eldon, he says, 'equity has become an instrument of fraud and extortion.'

It seemed to her a waste of money, a willingness to be a victim of extortion.

Was it not likely that their object was plunder, and the extortion of a ransom?

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, from Latin extortionem (nominative extortio) "a twisting out, extorting," noun of action from past participle stem of extorquere "wrench out, wrest away, to obtain by force," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + torquere "to twist" (see thwart).

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