verb (used with object), com·pelled, com·pel·ling.
verb (used without object), com·pelled, com·pel·ling.
Origin of compel
Examples from the Web for compeller
Was he not my son-in-law, my ancient friend, for 20 years the master of great Rome, for 30 years the compeller of victory?Caesar and Cleopatra|George Bernard Shaw
Jupiter is denominated by Homer the compeller of clouds: Juno receives them, and remits them in showers to plants and animals.Imaginary Conversations and Poems|Walter Savage Landor
But atmosphere, toujours atmosphere—of that Huysmans is the compeller.Egoists|James Huneker
But for all his incalculable indebtednesses, Wagner is the great initiator, the compeller of the modern period.Musical Portraits|Paul Rosenfeld
British Dictionary definitions for compeller
verb -pels, -pelling or -pelled (tr)
Word Origin for compel
Word Origin and History for compeller
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.