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duress

[doo-res, dyoo-, doo r-is, dyoo r-] /dʊˈrɛs, dyʊ-, ˈdʊər ɪs, ˈdyʊər-/
noun
1.
compulsion by threat or force; coercion; constraint.
2.
Law. such constraint or coercion as will render void a contract or other legal act entered or performed under its influence.
3.
forcible restraint, especially imprisonment.
Origin of duress
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English duresse < Middle French duresse, -esce, -ece < Latin dūritia hardness, harshness, oppression, equivalent to dūr(us) hard + -itia -ice
Synonyms
1. intimidation, pressure, bullying, browbeating.
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duress

/djʊˈrɛs; djʊə-/
noun
1.
compulsion by use of force or threat; constraint; coercion (often in the phrase under duress)
2.
(law) the illegal exercise of coercion
3.
confinement; imprisonment
Word Origin
C14: from Old French duresse, from Latin dūritia hardness, from dūrus hard
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Word Origin and History for duress
n.

early 14c., "harsh or severe treatment," from Old French duresse, from Latin duritia "hardness," from durus "hard" (see endure). The Old French suffix -esse is from Latin -itia, added to adjectives to form nouns of quality (cf. riches, largesse). Sense of "coercion, compulsion" is from 1590s.

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