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Meaning of DURESS

Pronunciation:  dû'res

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[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
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Du"ress\, n. [OF. duresse, du?, hardship, severity, L.
    duritia, durities, fr. durus hard. See {Dure}.]
    1. Hardship; constraint; pressure; imprisonment; restraint of
       liberty.
    
             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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