constraint

Part of speech: adjective

Compulsion; repression; embarrassment.

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Usage examples "constraint":

  1. Bitter constraint, and sad occasion dear, Compels me to disturb your season due; For Lycidas is dead, dead ere his prime, Young Lycidas, and hath not left his peer: Who would not sing for Lycidas? - "Verses and Translations", C. S. C..
  2. When he spoke again, it was with marked deliberation and constraint- with the air of a man who was repeating words put into his lips, or words prepared beforehand. - "Man and Wife", Wilkie Collins.
  3. Then he spoke, with some constraint. - "A Witch of the Hills, v. 1-2", Florence Warden.