- to force or drive, especially to a course of action: His disregard of the rules compels us to dismiss him.
- to secure or bring about by force.
- to force to submit; subdue.
- to overpower.
- Archaic. to drive together; unite by force; herd.
- to use force.
- to have a powerful and irresistible effect, influence, etc.
Origin of compel
Synonyms for compel
Examples from the Web for compeller
Historical Examples of compeller
But atmosphere, toujours atmosphere—of that Huysmans is the compeller.Egoists
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
But for all his incalculable indebtednesses, Wagner is the great initiator, the compeller of the modern period.Musical Portraits
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
- to cause (someone) by force (to be or do something)
- to obtain by force; exactto compel obedience
- to overpower or subdue
- archaic to herd or drive together