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  • Dishonest officials undermine faith in government through extortion of fees for performing their sworn duty.
  • She received an extortion note threatening to harm her children if she did not hand over $100,000.
  • Such lawsuits amount to legal extortion.
  • It isn’t just drugs. Extortion, kidnapping for ransom, and protection rackets all help fund the growing Afghan insurgency.
    http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1919154,00.html  --  Time Magazine, 2009

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  • To the eye it is fair enough, here; but seen in its integrity, under the sky, and by the daylight, it is a crumbling tower of waste, mismanagement, extortion, debt, mortgage, oppression, hunger, nakedness, and suffering.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale Of Two Cities
  • I fished the emergency money Dad had given me from my pocket, figuring that a little extortion was a small price to pay to find the woman I’d crossed the Atlantic to meet.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • More serious by far were the 200-series shots: fighting; extortion, blackmail, protection rackets; wearing a disguise; engaging in or encouraging a group demonstration; work stoppage; bribery; stealing; demonstrating, practicing, or using martial arts, boxing, wrestling, or other forms of physical encounters, military exercises or drills; and the best-known of all shots, the 205—engaging in sexual acts.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • "You would think," Skarpi’s voice rolled out like thick honey, "fine churchmen such as yourselves could find better things to do than arresting storytellers and extorting money from honest men."
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • He could always extort a day or two in class from them with the free weekly pizza.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Maniac Magee
  • He added it to his idea of his role; and he would use that authority later to extort some new concession.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River

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  • In the years since Welty’s death, Hobart and Blackwell had evidently acquired a reputation as an easy mark for thieves; and the thrill of pouncing on these well-dressed filchers and pilferers and extorting large sums from them was almost like shoplifting in reverse.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • In the first place, because the confessions that they had made were obviously extorted and untrue.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Its value and its civilization are in inverse ratio to that extortion.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • She did at last extort from her father an acknowledgment that the horses were engaged.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • None of noble sort Would so offend a virgin, and extort A poor soul’s patience, all to make you sport.
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Four of five migrants who arrive at the Albergue Belen shelter in Tapachula have already been robbed, beaten, or extorted by police, says the shelter priest, Flor Maraa Rigoni.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • Shall the Church be permitted to influence indefinitely with murder and extortion?
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Having finished his inquiries and extorted from Daniel an opinion that the hounds were fit (Daniel himself wished to go hunting), Nicholas ordered the horses to be saddled.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • This is a plant—a plot to extort money by threats.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • I told him as much as I thought proper of her illness, and he extorted from me, by cross-examination, most of the facts connected with its origin.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Fairies to be extorted.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • He was a proud and independent man who was opposed to unemployment insurance and never hesitated to whine, whimper, wheedle, and extort for as much as he could get from whomever he could.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • As it extorted nothing from that gentleman but a smile, the old lady tossed her head, and smoothed down her apron preparatory to another speech, when she was stopped by Mr. Brownlow.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • "Thank you: I shall do: I have no broken bones, — only a sprain;" and again he stood up and tried his foot, but the result extorted an involuntary "Ugh!"
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • To the eye it is fair enough, here; but seen in its integrity, under the sky, and by the daylight, it is a crumbling tower of waste, mismanagement, extortion, debt, mortgage, oppression, hunger, nakedness, and suffering.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Of course, you can tell Miss Pitty that you gave me a sample of taffeta and green silk and drew a picture of the bonnet and I extorted fifty dollars from you for it.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • "The historical system of mutual pillage and extortion stops here on Arrakis," his father said.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Indeed, many are the Nantucket ships in which you will see the skipper parading his quarter-deck with an elated grandeur not surpassed in any military navy; nay, extorting almost as much outward homage as if he wore the imperial purple, and not the shabbiest of pilot-cloth.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • ’Well, my dear friend,’ said my aunt, after a pause, ’and you have really extorted the money back from him?’
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • The Abbe sympathised in his trouble; he had had but a light part of the fifty thousand francs lost at play and of the value of the two brilliants, half given, half extorted.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • Should he chance to change his mind, thinking it justifiable to violate an extorted promise, woe unto him if he is caught!
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • Throughout dinner he took a dry delight in making Sarah Pocket greener and yellower, by often referring in conversation with me to my expectations; but here, again, he showed no consciousness, and even made it appear that he extorted—and even did extort, though I don’t know how—those references out of my innocent self.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • The greater part of these privileges, it may be noted in passing, and there were some even better than the above, had been extorted from the kings by revolts and mutinies.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter; but within, they are full of extortion and excess.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • But by what I have gathered from your own relation, and the answers I have with much pains wrung and extorted from you, I cannot but conclude the bulk of your natives to be the most pernicious race of little odious vermin that nature ever suffered to crawl upon the surface of the earth.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • It is only your generosity that has extorted my secret.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Hall carped that the Americans were "violating the spirit of the hills" and practicing a shameful form of alpine extortion, but Jim Frush, the unsentimental attorney who was the leader of the American group , remained unmoved.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • You shall extort bonds, foreclose mortgages, drive the merchants to bankruptcy—
    Washington Irving  --  The Devil and Tom Walker
  • But I perceive in you so excellent a touch of modesty, that you will not extort from me what I am willing to keep in; therefore it charges me in manners the rather to express myself.
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • And to the prince who goes forth with his army, supporting it by pillage, sack, and extortion, handling that which belongs to others, this liberality is necessary, otherwise he would not be followed by soldiers.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • I was afterwards convinced (and so was Ada) that from the illconditioned eldest child, these words extorted a sharp yell.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • "Ah, you are angry!" cried Morris, who wished immensely that he could extort some flash of passion from her mildness.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • So there were in the country two knights that were brethren, and they were called two perilous knights, the one knight hight Sir Edward of the Red Castle, and the other Sir Hue of the Red Castle; and these two brethren had disherited the Lady of the Rock of a barony of lands by their extortion.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • Elinor took no notice of this; and directing her attention to their visitor, endeavoured to support something like discourse with him, by talking of their present residence, its conveniences, &c. extorting from him occasional questions and remarks.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • We had for so long accepted her obedience to our will that when it ceased to be given naturally, it came as a considerable shock; yet there was no option but to accept the change, strange and bewildering as it was, for obedience cannot be extorted.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • Both gentlemen had a glance at Fanny, to see if a word of accordant praise could be extorted from her; yet both feeling that it could not be.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • So there were in the country two knights that were brethren, and they were called two perilous knights, the one knight hight Sir Edward of the Red Castle, and the other Sir Hue of the Red Castle; and these two brethren had disherited the Lady of the Rock of a barony of lands by their extortion.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume I
  • You engaged in extortion to the grave disservice of my government.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • Where had he learned to discern instant extortion in a casual conversation overheard in a butcher shop?
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • How is it possible to extort a meaning from all this jargon about ’devil’s seats,’
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Gold-Bug
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