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constraint
used in The Mill on the Floss

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Definition
something that limits something's motion or someone's actions; or the state of being so limited
  • With Tom the interval had seemed still longer, for he had been seated in irksome constraint on the edge of a sofa directly opposite his uncle Pullet, who regarded him with twinkling gray eyes, and occasionally addressed him as "Young sir."
    1.9 -- Book 1 Chapter 9 -- To Garum Firs (47% in)
  • Uncles and aunts paid only short visits now; of course, they could not stay to meals, and the constraint caused by Mr. Tulliver's savage silence, which seemed to add to the hollow resonance of the bare, uncarpeted room when the aunts were talking, heightened the unpleasantness of these family visits on all sides, and tended to make them rare.
    4.2 -- Book 4 Chapter 2 -- The Torn Nest Is Pierced by the Thorns (93% in)

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