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Definition of Duress


  1. Hardship; constraint; pressure; imprisonment; restraint of liberty.
  2. 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.
  3. To subject to duress.

Duress Quotations

If I should ever be captured, I want no negotiation - and if I should request a negotiation from captivity they should consider that a sign of duress.
Henry A. Kissinger

I'm a sensitive guy. If you are a woman and you're in any kind of emotional duress and you write a song about it, I'll buy you album.
Matthew Perry

The players are under so much duress, it's like duressic park out there!
Sid Waddell

I think I'm drawn to characters with complexity or who are under duress in some way and have some conflict going on.
Emily Blunt

Songs sung under duress are often very powerful.
Henry Rollins
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