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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He decried the "fat saucy extortioners and speculators who have been striving to make fortunes .
Donald Rayfield reminds us that Russia "is ruled by a man who is, by career and choice, a successor to Yagoda and Beria," and today's FSB "has taken, in alliance with bandits and extortioners, the commanding heights of the country's government and economic riches, and goes on lying to, and when expedient murdering, its citizens.
And what the sanctification is which is conferred upon us by the condescension of God, the apostle declares, when he says "neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor deceivers, nor drunkards, nor revelers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, "God, I thank thee that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax-collector.
One hundred years ago, the leading critic of "salary loan lending" called such people "sharks, leeches and remorseless extortioners.
Let others follow this noble example, whilst speculators and extortioners, if they have sensibility, will, with crimson blushes, hang their heads in shame.