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Finally they had been compelled to fire on them, but had not killed any.

A few shots were exchanged, and Melton was compelled to retreat.

While traveling that night I was compelled to pass a large plantation.

I shall be compelled to mention in my report how you and other ladies add to our difficulties.

Now she was compelled to a readjustment: one worked in the night and slept in the day.

From men it has compelled fear; from women hate; it has cut me off from my kind.

The truth probably is that if she had not gone willingly, she would have been compelled.

I was, perhaps, the more ready to do rightly because I felt that I was not compelled to it.

In answer to this, I am compelled to say that no such thoughts came over me.

This compelled us to ship a new set of these men, most of whom were strangers to us.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., from Old French compellir, from Latin compellere "to drive together, drive to one place" (of cattle), "to force or compel" (of persons), from com- "together" (see com-) + pellere "to drive" (see pulse (n.1)). Related: Compelled; compelling.

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