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Roget category 744

5. Words relating to the voluntary powers
5.6. General intersocial volition

#744. Compulsion


compulsion, coercion, coaction, constraint, duress, enforcement, press, conscription.
forcebrute force, main force, physical forcethe sword, ultima ratio [Lat.]club law, lynch law, mob law, arguementum baculinum, le droit du plus fort [Fr.], martial law.
restraint etc. 751necessity etc. 601force majeure [Fr.]Hobson's choice.


compel, force, make, drive, coerce, constrain, enforce, necessitate, oblige.
force upon, presscram down the throat, thrust down the throat, force down the throatsay it must be done, make a point of, insist upon, take no denial put down, dragoon.
extort, wring fromsqueeze, put on the squeezeput on the screws, turn on the screwdrag intobind, bind overpin down, tie downrequire, tax, put in forcecommandeerrestrain etc. 751.


compelling etc. v. — coercive, coactiveinexorable etc. 739compulsory, compulsatoryobligatory, stringent, peremptory.
forcible, not to be trifled withirresistible etc. 601compelled etc. v. — fain to.


by force etc. n., by force of arms on compulsion, perforcevi et armis [Lat.], under the lashat the point of the sword, at the point of the bayonetforciblyby a strong arm.
under protest, in spite of one's teethagainst one's will etc. 603nolens volens [Lat.] etc. (of necessity) 601by stress of circumstances, by stress of weatherunder press ofde rigueur.
with a gun to one's head.


I'll make him an offer he can't refuse.

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