Tikibu: pronunciation dictionary with use examples

Word: compulsion
IPA transcription: [kəmp'ʌlʃən]
Pronunciations of compulsion
noun meaning of the word
  • Synonyms: compulsion, irresistible_impulse
    Meaning: an urge to do or say something that might be better left undone or unsaid; "he felt a compulsion to babble on about the accident"
  • Synonyms: compulsion, obsession
    Meaning: an irrational motive for performing trivial or repetitive actions, even against your will; "her compulsion to wash her hands repeatedly"
  • Synonyms: compulsion, coercion
    Meaning: using force to cause something to occur; "though pressed into rugby under compulsion I began to enjoy the game"; "they didn't have to use coercion"
Usage examples
  • Their attitude was not the rigid discipline of soldiers; there was no sense of compulsion about them.
  • And the case must be very flagrant in which its fallacy could be detected with sufficient certainty to justify the harsh expedient of compulsion.
  • Lord Darcy, though he pleaded compulsion, and appealed for his justification to a long life spent in the service of the crown, was beheaded on Tower Hill.
  • But even education works by conviction and persuasion as well as by compulsion, and it is by the former only that, when the period of education is past, the self-regarding virtues should be inculcated.
0. Word pronunciation is derived from article recording James Madison, License CC BY-SA 4.0