Ex*tort", p. p. & a. [L.
extortus. p. p.] Extorted. [Obs.]
Ex*tort" (?), v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Extorted; p. pr. & vb. n.
Extorting.] [L. extortus, p. p. of extorquere to
twist or wrench out, to extort; ex out + torquere to
turn about, twist. See Torsion.] 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.
Ex*tort", v. i. To practice
extortion. [Obs.] Spenser.