from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Constraint by threat; coercion: confessed under duress.
- n. Law Coercion illegally applied.
- n. Law Forcible confinement.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Harsh treatment.
- n. Constraint by threat.
- v. To put under duress; to pressure.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Hardship; constraint; pressure; imprisonment; restraint of liberty.
- n. 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.
- transitive v. To subject to duress.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. compulsory force or threat
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)
Middle English Old French duresse, from Latin duritia ("hardness"), from durus ("hard") (Wiktionary)