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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ex·tort v. t. [imp. & p. p. Extorted; p. pr. & vb. n. Extorting.]
 1. To wrest from an unwilling person by physical force, menace, duress, torture, or any undue or illegal exercise of power or ingenuity; to wrench away (from); to tear away; to wring (from); to exact; as, to extort contributions from the vanquished; to extort confessions of guilt; to extort a promise; to extort payment of a debt.
 2. Law To get by the offense of extortion. See Extortion, 2.