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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: coercere, from co- ( CO-) + arcere 'to enclose'

coerce

verb
     
co‧erce [transitive]
to force someone to do something they do not want to do by threatening them
coerce somebody into (doing) something
The rebels coerced the villagers into hiding them from the army.

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