enforce (v.) Old form(s): enforc'd , inforced, inforst
act upon by force
2H4 IV.i.71[Archbishop to Westmorland] We see which way the stream of time doth run / And are enforced from our most quiet there / By the rough torrent of occasion
H5 IV.vii.60[King Henry to all, of the French] we will ... make them skirr away as swift as stones / Enforced from the old Assyrian slings
JC IV.iii.111[Brutus to Cassius, of himself compared to a flint] Who, much enforced, shows a hasty spark, / And straight is cold again
Luc.303[of Tarquin and Lucrece's door locks] Each one by him enforced, retires his ward
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