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

At a time when going to college has never been more important, it's never been more expensive, and our nation's families haven't been in this kind of financial duress since the great depression. And so what we have is just sort of a miraculous opportunity simply by stopping the subsidy to banks when we already have the risk of loans. We can plow those savings into our students. And we can make college dramatically more affordable, tens of billions of dollars over the next decade.
Arne Duncan

Songs sung under duress are often very powerful.
Henry Rollins

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