Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR COERCES

It coerces them, indirectly, but quite as effectively as if he were their master.

It was because I discerned in you that power which coerces men.

How have we striven to oust this big profiteer who sweats and coerces us?

Its legislative, not its executive, function is the whip which coerces the Secretaries.

Mrs. Mac Bouncer coerces Lucy in white satin to sign the fatal contract that will settle Master.

It was against his conscience, he used to say; and the Government that coerces a man's conscience is worthy of "Grim Tartary."

He coerces no customer: he simply states his price, and if no one chooses to buy, no one has a right to complain.

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.