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Meaning of Extortion

The offense committed by one in authority , by color of his office , by unlawfully taking any money or more than is lawfully due from another.

Extortion Alternative Definition

The unlawful taking by any officer, by coldr of his office, qf any money or thing of value that is not due to him, or more than is due, or before it is due. 4 Bl. Comm. 141; 1 Hawk. P. C. c. 68, § 1; 1 Russ. Crimes, 144., 7 Pick. (Mass.) 279; 3 Ind. 93; 107 N. C. 921. In a large sense, the term includes any injury under color of right; but it is generally and constantly used in the more limited technical sense above given; while “oppression” is used to signify injuries other than the extortion of things of value committed under color of ofSce.

Synonyms of Extortion


  • blackmail
  • coercion
  • compulsion
  • corrupt demanding
  • exaction
  • exaction by oppression
  • illegal compulsion
  • obtaining by force
  • obtaining by threat
  • oppression
  • oppressive exaction
  • rapaciousness
  • rapacity
  • res repetundae
  • taking by undue exercise of power
  • unlawful taking
  • wrenching
  • wresting
  • wresting money by force
  • wringing
  • wrongful exaction Associated Concepts: kidnapping foreign phrases: Extortio est crimen quando quis colore officii extorquet quod non est debitum
  • vel supra debitum
  • vel ante tempus quod est debitum
  • Extortion is a crime when anyone under color of office extorts that which is not due
  • or more than is due
  • or before the time when it is due

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Blackmail, Bribery, Concealers, Involuntary Payment, Money Had And Received.

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Translation of Extortion , with examples. More about free online translation into Spanish of Extorsión and other legal terms is available here.


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