Bribe vs Extort - What's the difference?

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In lang=en terms the difference between bribe and extort

is that bribe is to gain by a bribe; to induce as by a bribe while extort is 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.

As verbs the difference between bribe and extort

is that bribe is to give a to while extort is 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.

As a noun bribe

is something (usually money) given in exchange for influence or as an inducement to dishonesty.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

bribe

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • Something (usually money) given in exchange for influence or as an inducement to dishonesty.
  • * Hobart
  • Undue reward for anything against justice is a bribe .
  • That which seduces; seduction; allurement.
  • * Akenside
  • Not the bribes of sordid wealth can seduce to leave these everblooming sweets.

    Synonyms

    * See also

    Verb

    (brib)
  • To give a to.
  • * F. W. Robertson
  • Neither is he worthy who bribes a man to vote against his conscience.
  • To gain by a bribe; to induce as by a bribe.
  • to bribe somebody's compliance

    extort

    English

    (Webster 1913)

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • 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.
  • (legal) To obtain by means of the offense of extortion.
  • (transitive, and, intransitive, medicine, ophthalmology) To twist outwards.
  • Derived terms

    * extortion * extortionate * extortionist

    See also

    * intort