Extortion

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Extortion

An illegal act in which one coerces another into providing money or something else of value. For example, one may extort money from a business by threat of force. Extortion historically has been common in organized crime.
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The imputation of being a sodomite came to be regarded as a deleterious slur upon manly reputation, so that mere extortionary threats to make this accusation could be successful even without any apparent objective grounds for concern by the man accused.
Conversely, Congress recognized that extortionary demands for payment, such as payment in order to keep an oil rig from being dynamited, would not be held to contain the requisite corrupt purpose.
If paper was expensive, the cost of gut strings was simply extortionary.
There are a host of magnificently-drawn minor characters, starting with Abady's widowed and tyrannical old mother, her dishonest agent Azbej, the old Roumanian political Timisan, the men of the mountains who, one snowbound night, brutally murder an extortionary money-lender.