Definitions

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  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of enforce.

Etymologies

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enforce + -eth

Examples

  • And that which is the extent of misery, it enforceth them through anguish and wearisomeness of their lives, to make away themselves; they had rather be hanged, drowned, &c., than to live without means.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Our fantasy would intrude a thousand fears, suspicions, chimeras upon us, but we have reason to resist, yet we let it be overborne by our appetite; [3416] imagination enforceth spirits, which, by an admirable league of nature, compel the nerves to obey, and they our several limbs: we give too much way to our passions.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • I had rather contend with bulls, lions, bears, and giants, than with Love; he is so powerful, enforceth [4644] all to pay tribute to him, domineers over all, and can make mad and sober whom he list; insomuch that Caecilius in Tully's Tusculans, holds him to be no better than a fool or an idiot, that doth not acknowledge Love to be a great god.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Sufficimus, — we cannot resist, our concupiscence is originally bad, our heart evil, the seat of our affections captivates and enforceth our will.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Pedro and Violenta, having no other refuge, ranne likewise into a poore Sheepecoate, so over-ruined, as it was in danger to fall on their heads; and no body dwelt in it, neither stood any other house neere it, and it was scarsely any shelter for them, howbeit, necessity enforceth to make shift with the meanest.

    The Decameron

  • Sir, said Launcelot, the one knight waiteth upon the other, and enforceth himself through envy to pass the noble knight

    Le Morte d'Arthur: Sir Thomas Malory's book of King Arthur and of his noble knights of the Round table

  • And therefore, said Sir Gareth to Sir Tristram, let me know this day what ye be; and wonder ye not so upon Sir Palomides, for he enforceth himself to win all the worship and honour from you.

    Le Morte d'Arthur: Sir Thomas Malory's book of King Arthur and of his noble knights of the Round table

  • My estate enabled me onely to write; howbeit the excellencie of trueth and the in bred affection I beare to my countrey enforceth me to do the best I can: sithens it hath pleased some strangers by false rumours to deface, and by manifolde reproches to iniurie my sayd countrey, making it a by word, and a langhing-stocke to all other nations.

    A briefe commentarie of Island, by Arngrimus Ionas

  • My text lieth in the last part, but yet with such dependence on the former as enforceth to a consideration of them.

    The Sermons of John Owen

  • I do not intend now the promises of the gospel in general, wherein, in its own way and place, we are interested by holiness, but such peculiar promises as God enforceth the command by.

    Pneumatologia

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