duress

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French duresse, from Latin duritia ‎(hardness), from durus ‎(hard).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

duress ‎(uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) Harsh treatment.
    • Burke
      The agreements [] made with the landlords during the time of slavery, are only the effect of duress and force.
  2. Constraint by threat.
  3. (law) Restraint in which a person is influenced, whether by lawful or unlawful forceful compulsion of their liberty by monition or implementation of physical enforcement; legally for the incuring of civil liability, of a citizen's arrest, or of subrogation, or illegally for the committing of an offense, of forcing a contract, or of using threats.

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Verb[edit]

duress ‎(third-person singular simple present duresses, present participle duressing, simple past and past participle duressed)

  1. To put under duress; to pressure.
    Someone was duressing her.
    The small nation was duressed into giving up territory.

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