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There is a monster at the end of all of my novels, and I want you to feel this unbearable compulsion to turn pages and find out what it is.

It was a compulsion to build an intellectual life that blended the so-called two cultures.

According to reports, education minister Lawrence Wong said that the country believes 70% adoption could help push it to its next level of reopening, phase three—but that this could be achieved only through legal compulsion.

Feeling tired and exasperated and overburdened a few weeks ago after working on a long and complicated story and getting very little sleep, I sourly informed Twitter that I felt a compulsion and a God-given right to commit a venial sin.

So far, these companies have experienced little pushback and are under no compulsion to change.

From Eater

It is natural and created without our willing it so and without compulsion.

And many fans may feel a compulsion to add their voice to the crowd shouting out for these rights to be protected.

Ultimately, his fascination with the drug gave way to compulsion and a struggle to break the habit.

Why should the compulsion to excel—which propels these privileged students to Oxford.

One step too far, and ambition turns into unrealistic expectations, compulsion into craziness.

We are apt to think of these little ones as doing right only when under compulsion: but this is far from the truth.

There is a restiveness in human nature that resists compulsion, even to its own manifest advantage.

There is no need, however, to extend the régime of compulsion over the whole field.

Mr. Highcamp was a plain, bald-headed man, who only talked under compulsion.

Does man stand in need of compulsion before he can be brought to humble himself with sincerity?


On this page you'll find 66 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to compulsion, such as: coercion, obsession, preoccupation, urgency, constraint, and demand.

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