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Meaning of DURESS

Pronunciation:  dû'res

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  compulsory force or threat; "confessed under duress"

DURESS is a 6 letter word that starts with D.


 See Also: force



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Du"ress\, n. [OF. duresse, du?, hardship, severity, L.
    duritia, durities, fr. durus hard. See {Dure}.]
    1. Hardship; constraint; pressure; imprisonment; restraint of
             The agreements . . . made with the landlords during
             the time of slavery, are only the effect of duress
             and force.                            --Burke.
    2. (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.
  2. \Du*ress"\, v. t.
    To subject to duress. ``The party duressed.'' --Bacon.
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