What does the word extortion mean?

Usage examples for extortion

  1. But that is infamous extortion! – A Damaged Reputation by Harold Bindloss
  2. As Julia answered him in the affirmative, his countenance expressed a lively satisfaction; and seating himself by her side, he continued the conversation thus:- 'If I thought that you intended to stay for any length of time in the city, I should venture upon a fresh extortion from your friendship by asking you to lend me your little villa at Aricia! – Antonina by Wilkie Collins
  3. Long experience had taught them that a visit from a Turkish Zaptieh meant extortion of some sort. – By Desert Ways to Baghdad by Louisa Jebb