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In terms, forced (LH:7) is a thing or process done or produced with effort, exertion, or pressure; compelled by necessity; the verb, past tense and past participle, of force.[1]


The following are quotes:

“I was going to ‘take the fur’, i.e. obtain a doctorate in theology, and install myself among the doctors of Sorbonne. On my way, I meet a beautiful woman as an angel; I want to sleep with her, and I do; I have three children by her an I am ‘forced’ to abandon my mathematics, which I loved, my Homer and Virgil, which I always had in my pocket, the theater, for which I had a taste, and was only too happy to undertake the Encyclopedia [1751], to which I devoted 25-years of my life.”
Denis Diderot (c.1780), “Reflections of 1743”[2]

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See also

  • Forced marriage
  • Forced prodigy[3]


  1. Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, 2000.
  2. (a) Diderot, Denis. (c.1780). Works, Volume Four (Oeuveres, Volume Four: Esthetique et Theatre) (pgs. 730-31). Laffont, 1997.
    (b) Blom, Philipp. (2010). A Wicked Company: Holbach’s Salon and the Forgotten Radicalism of the European Enlightenment (Amz) (pg. 21). McClelland, 2011.
  3. Forced prodigy – Hmolpedia 2020.

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