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Definition compulsory force or threat
  • She signed the confession under duress, so it did not hold up in court.
duress = compulsory force or threat
  • Mr. Merriweather, a faithful Methodist under duress, apparently saw nothing personal in singing, "Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me..."  It was the general opinion of Maycomb, however, that Mrs. Merriweather had sobered him up and made a reasonably useful citizen of him.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • duress = pressure
  • "Only under duress," he replied, pulling some papers out of the box.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key
  • duress = compulsory force or threat
  • My biology textbook said that dogs can smell fear because of a chemical secreted by human glands in a state of duress, the same chemical a dog's prey secretes.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • duress = threat
  • Even an honest man sometimes caves to duress, Wanda.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • And the government isn't going to lock him up just because he killed a rebel under duress."
    Veronica Roth  --  Allegiant
  • Marley, playful even under duress, kept trying to eat the ice cubes.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • Because I am definitely under duress.
    Meg Cabot  --  The Princess Diaries
  • Lieutenant, anything my client says under physical and mental duress is inadmissible.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • Too persuasive — it was duress, coercion.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • She could not conceive of Hester Sinclair's having read anything other than Good Housekeeping save under strong duress.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • I am writing this under duress, as Grandmama will not grant me peace until I do.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • This was the way I always seemed tc leave the Melvins' house, under some sort of duress.
    Sarah Dessen  --  That Summer
  • Monique had guided them under duress.
    Ted Dekker  --  Black: The Birth of Evil
  • They were spoken under great duress, which makes people most unlike who they really are.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • I felt a flare of competition, a duress of the spirit that warns against the shame of losing, and I hurried to catch up.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • You learn a lot about a woman when she's under duress.
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper
  • " doesn't sound like there could be any possibility of duress."
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • But inside I was saying to myself, And the Oscar for best performance—under fake duress—goes to ....
    Dave Peizer  --  A Man Named Dave
  • Despite his controversial interview with Caesar, many ask about Peeta, assure me that they know he was speaking under duress.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay

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