forced


forced
forced, labored, strained, farfetched are comparable when they mean produced or kept up through effort and, therefore, neither natural nor easy nor spontaneous.
Forced is the widest in range of application of any of these terms, being referred not only to what is brought about by compulsion
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works of a kind which had normally been performed in antiquity by the force d labor of slaves— Farrington

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or to what is accomplished by exerting force beyond the usual limit
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a forced march

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many women talk excitedly at a forced pitch for long periods and finish a conversation almost exhausted— Hewitt

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but also to what seems artificial because not natural, logical, or spontaneous or because constrained or affected
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his . . . resolute rejection of forced and fantastic interpretation of Holy Scripture— Fosbroke

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the old man was grinning. It was a little forced and a little painful, but it was a grin— Irwin Shaw

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Labored carries a stronger connotation of heaviness or of ponderousness or, sometimes, of tediousness as a result of great effort
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a labored style

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suggests that the woman loves the man because he alone can give her the baby that fulfills her femininity . . . . These explanations are ingenious, if laboredLa Barre

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uncomfortably aware of his men behind him; of their cushioned footsteps and labored breathing— Hervey

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Strained adds to these an implication of tenseness or of a result that is unnaturally or distortedly labored
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strained attention

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a strained comparison

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in the style of each there is at times evidence of strained composition, a lack of verbal ease or elegance— Arnold Chapman

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a strained air of reasonableness prevails, with a good deal of nervous anxiety showing through on both sides— Bendiner

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three patients were sitting, with strained expectant eyes— Glasgow

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Farfetched applies especially to an expression, an idea, an argument, or an explanation which has been carefully sought out so that it seems unduly strained and not quite naturally used
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his ideas were always farfetched

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a farfetched comparison

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these methods of interpretation . . . seem gratuitously farfetched, fantastic— Edmund Wilson

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Analogous words: compelled, coerced, constrained (see FORCE): factitious, *artificial: fatiguing, exhausting (see TIRE)
Contrasted words: *easy, effortless, smooth: *spontaneous, instinctive, impulsive: *natural, unsophisticated, unaffected, artless

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  • Forced — Forced, a. Done or produced with force or great labor, or by extraordinary exertion; hurried; strained; produced by unnatural effort or pressure; as, a forced style; a forced laugh. [1913 Webster] {Forced draught}. See under {Draught}. {Forced… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • forced — UK US /fɔːst/ adjective ► done against someone s wishes: »The forced closure of the plant has shocked the local business community. »The company will use any proceeds from a forced sale to pay off debt. a forced departure/exit/resignation »Some… …   Financial and business terms

  • forced — [fo:st US fo:rst] adj 1.) a forced smile, laugh etc is not natural or sincere ▪ Oh, hello, said Eileen, with forced brightness. 2.) [only before noun] done suddenly and quickly because the situation makes it necessary, not because it was planned… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • forced — [fôrst] adj. 1. done or brought about by force; not voluntary; compulsory [forced labor] 2. produced or kept up by unusual effort; not natural or spontaneous; strained or constrained [a forced smile] 3. due to necessity or emergency [a forced… …   English World dictionary

  • forced — [ fɔrst ] adjective 1. ) not sincere or natural: a forced smile 2. ) done or happening because the situation makes it necessary or because someone makes you do it: forced layoffs the forced resettlement of the refugees …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • forced — (adj.) not spontaneous or voluntary, 1570s, pp. adjective from FORCE (Cf. force) (v.). The flier s forced landing attested by 1917 …   Etymology dictionary

  • forced — index bound, compulsory, inappropriate, involuntary, obligatory, ponderous Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • forced — [adj] compulsory, strained affected, artificial, begrudging, binding, bound, coerced, coercive, compelled, conscripted, constrained, contrived, enforced, factitious, false, grudging, inflexible, insincere, involuntary, labored, mandatory,… …   New thesaurus

  • forced — [[t]fɔ͟ː(r)st[/t]] 1) ADJ: ADJ n A forced action is something that you do because someone else makes you do it. A system of forced labour was used on the cocoa plantations. 2) ADJ: ADJ n A forced action is something that you do because… …   English dictionary

  • forced — adjective 1. produced by or subjected to forcing (Freq. 1) forced air heating furnaces of the forced convection type forced convection in plasma generators • Participle of verb: ↑force 2. forced or compelled (Freq. 1) …   Useful english dictionary


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