1. The act of extorting; the act or practice of wresting anything from a person by force, by threats, or by any undue exercise of power; undue exaction; overcharge.
2. Law The offense committed by an officer who corruptly claims and takes, as his fee, money, or other thing of value, that is not due, or more than is due, or before it is due.
3. That which is extorted or exacted by force.
Syn: -- Oppression; rapacity; exaction; overcharge.
n 1: an exorbitant charge
2: unjust exaction (as by the misuse of authority); "the
extortion by dishonest officials of fees for performing
their sworn duty"
3: the felonious act of extorting money (as by threats of