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[doo-res, dyoo-, doo r-is, dyoo r-] /dʊˈrɛs, dyʊ-, ˈdʊər ɪs, ˈdyʊər-/

compulsion by threat or force; coercion; constraint.
Law. such constraint or coercion as will render void a contract or other legal act entered or performed under its influence.
forcible restraint, especially imprisonment.
/djʊˈrɛs; djʊə-/
compulsion by use of force or threat; constraint; coercion (often in the phrase under duress)
(law) the illegal exercise of coercion
confinement; imprisonment

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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