(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
Nouns — compulsion, coercion, coaction, constraint, duress, obligation; enforcement, pressure; [physical, brute, or main] force; the sword, martial law, strong arm [of the law]; draft, conscription; restraint; requirement, necessity, force majeure; Hobson's choice. Informal, arm-twisting, strong-arm tactics. See severity.
Verbs — compel, force, make, drive, coerce, constrain, enforce, necessitate, oblige; force one's hand, impose on, twist one's arm; force upon, press; cram, ram, thrust, or force down the throat; make a point of, insist upon, take no denial; put down; require, exact, tax, put in force, put teeth in; restrain, hold down; draft, conscript, impress, shanghai. Informal, twist one's arm, cram down one's throat, pressure, put on the heat, pull rank. Slang, mind-fuck.
Adjectives — compulsory, compelling; coercive, coactive; obligatory, stringent, peremptory; forcible, not to be trifled with; irresistible; compulsive.
Adverbs — compulsorily, by force, by force of arms; on or under compulsion, perforce; at sword's point, forcibly, under duress; under protest, in spite of; against one's will; under press of; de rigueur, willy-nilly.
Phrases — you can take a horse to water, but you can't make him drink.
Quotations — Force without wisdom falls of its own weight (Horace).
Antonyms, see freedom.
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [Pressure]
Syn. constraint, coercion, duress; see pressure 2 , restraint 2 .
2. [Driving force]
Syn. drive, necessity, need; see requirement 2 .
3. [An obsession]
Syn. irresistible impulse, urge, fixation, preoccupation; see addiction , obsession .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) n.
[kum PUL shun]
a strong drive or force, a compelling impulse.
He had a strange compulsion to giggle at the funeral.
SYN.: drive, force, pressure, constraint, coercion, need, urge, urgency, obsession, desire, impulse.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun Power used to overcome resistance: coercion, constraint, duress, force, pressure, strength, violence. See ATTACK.

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