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characterized by embarrassment and discomfort

Synonyms for constrained

lacking spontaneity

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I am very well, thank you," said Agatha, shy and constrained.
At last an embassy came from a king so rich and powerful that the King of China felt constrained to urge this suit on his daughter.
By driving the founders of the Plymouth Colony into exile, it constrained them to absolute separation irreconcilable.
Under this vigorous treatment Little John was constrained to lie quiet until the friar gave him leave to get up.
It is true, however, that it is not customary to pull down all the houses of a town with the single design of rebuilding them differently, and thereby rendering the streets more handsome; but it often happens that a private individual takes down his own with the view of erecting it anew, and that people are even sometimes constrained to this when their houses are in danger of falling from age, or when the foundations are insecure.
T is one that he is called upon, nay, constrained by all the obligations that form the bands of society, to discharge sincerely and honestly.
Athanase looked at his mother with a constrained and melancholy air; he could not smile; but he seemed to wish to welcome that naive sentiment which soothed his wound, though it could not cure his anguish.
Upon my entrance, Usher rose from a sofa on which he had been lying at full length, and greeted me with a vivacious warmth which had much in it, I at first thought, of an overdone cordiality--of the constrained effort of the ennuye man of the world.
He told me "yes" by a constrained gesture; and when I had bidden him enter, he did not obey me without a searching backward glance into the darkness of the square.
Tonight, when we met, she was somewhat constrained, and bore all the signs of an internal struggle.
Oh, if so, punish me as you will; but do not -- do not speak to me in tones and manner so formal and constrained.
Mordaunt hesitated; but it seemed as though he was constrained to tell the truth.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
We do not intend to describe the grand banquet, at which the royal guests were present, nor the concerts, nor the fairy-like and more than magic transformations and metamorphoses; it will be enough for our purpose to depict the countenance the king assumed, which, from being gay, soon wore a very gloomy, constrained, and irritated expression.
After five minutes of irksome, constrained conversation, they heard the sound of slippered feet rapidly approaching.
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