verb (used with object), co·erced, co·erc·ing.
Origin of coerce
Related Words for coerceroppressor, rascal, ruffian, tough, tease, rowdy, bulldozer, hector, pest, persecutor, harrier, insolent, browbeater, intimidator, antagonizer, coercer
Word Origin 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.