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With such a backing, he could coerce ministries at will, and remake the politics of England.

But he made a great mistake if he thought that he could coerce Flavia in that way.

"Most certainly, doctor; I'd never seek to coerce you," said Cashel, smiling.

Cowper had let that wife of his coerce him into swearing my life away.

The slightest attempt to fight or coerce them will bring them up "in arms" in a moment.

Let the man govern and coerce the animal, and let God govern the man. '

We must not hesitate to use the only possible means by which we can coerce her into compliance.

Was it an idle threat to coerce her or a very tangible menace?

Electric influences guide and coerce fish in a wonderful manner.

It only remained to secure the cottage, coerce the school, and hem the sheets.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-15c., cohercen, from Middle French cohercer, from Latin coercere "to control, restrain, shut up together," from com- "together" (see co-) + arcere "to enclose, confine, contain, ward off," from PIE *ark- "to hold, contain, guard" (see arcane). Related: Coerced; coercing. No record of the word between late 15c. and mid-17c.; its reappearance 1650s is perhaps a back-formation from coercion.

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