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.

 

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Du*ress" (?), v. t.

To subject to duress.

"The party duressed."

Bacon.

 

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