verb (used with object), co·erced, co·erc·ing.
Origin of coerce
Examples from the Web for coerce
A fellow justice also accused McCaffery of attempting to coerce him into opposing Castille.
Once again Russia brandishes the threat of a gas cutoff to squeeze Kiev and coerce Europe.
In other instances, CIA recruiters used thinly veiled threats to coerce their cooperation.The CIA Tried Hard to Recruit Spies Among the Al Qaeda Prisoners at Gitmo|Daniel Klaidman|November 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Religious liberty, Jefferson argued, denies the majority any right to coerce a dissenting minority, even one hostile to religion.Thomas Jefferson’s Quran: How Islam Shaped the Founders|R.B. Bernstein|September 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
His decision to coerce Netanyahu into imposing a 10-month settlement freeze was also a colossal misjudgment.
The clergy alone possessed any power besides the Tsar; but the Church was unable to coerce him or to save the people.The Story of Moscow|Wirt Gerrare
The bitterness inspired by these attempts to coerce the President may be gauged by a remark attributed to Mrs. Davis.The Day of the Confederacy|Nathaniel W. Stephenson
Thus matters remained in 1867-70, the Pope relying on the support of French bayonets to coerce his own subjects.The Development of the European Nations, 1870-1914 (5th ed.)|John Holland Rose
Identical Note, a term in diplomacy to denote terms agreed upon by two Powers to coerce a third.The Nuttall Encyclopaedia|Edited by Rev. James Wood
No shivering Dot to coerce into good humor; no feckless Jack to frown into order; no grim Deborah to coax and help.Esther|Rosa Nouchette Carey
British Dictionary definitions for coerce
Word Origin for coerce
Word Origin and History for coerce
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.