Definition of duress:
- Hardship; constraint; pressure; imprisonment; restraint of liberty.
- 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.
- To subject to duress.
durance, violence, arm-twisting, chains, attack, manacles, constraint, gyves, saber-rattling, imprisonment, savagery, custody, shackles, fetter, bondage, ferocity, barbarism, restraint, road rage, thuggery, rage, handcuffs, force, bonds, irons, strength.
But choose to come in winter hours To see how character can live, How noble character will give Through desolate distress And cold neglect's duress, The fulness of its powers And win the soul its victor sign.- "Ballads of Peace in War", Michael Earls.
- "Hidden Gold", Wilder Anthony.
- "Delia Blanchflower", Mrs. Humphry Ward.