American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Constraint by threat; coercion: confessed under duress.
- n. Law Coercion illegally applied.
- n. Law Forcible confinement.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Hardness.
- n. Hardship; constraint; pressure; imprisonment; restraint of liberty; durance.
- n. In law, actual or apprehended physical restraint so great as to amount to coercion: a species of fraud in which compulsion in some form takes the place of deception in accomplishing the injury.
- To subject to duress or restraint; imprison.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Hardship; constraint; pressure; imprisonment; restraint of liberty.
- n. (Law) The state of compulsion or necessity in which a person is influenced, whether by the unlawful restrain of his liberty or by actual or threatened physical violence, to incur a civil liability or to commit an offense.
- v. To subject to duress.
- n. compulsory force or threat
- Middle English Old French duresse, from Latin duritia ("hardness"), from durus ("hard") (Wiktionary)
- Middle English duresse, harshness, compulsion, from Old French durece, hardness, from Latin dūritia, from dūrus, hard; see deru- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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