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Origin of compelling
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 compelling
I think a certain kind of compelling essay has a piece of that.Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination|Mindy Farabee|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And some of the most compelling statements came from a powerful, crucial set of equality allies: corporations.
On Thursday, Detective Superintendent McDonald described his account as “harrowing” and compelling.Victim: I Watched British MPs Rape and Murder Young Boys|Nico Hines|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The refugee stories are compelling at first, but horrific details are numbing.Inside the Smuggling Networks Flooding Europe with Refugees|Barbie Latza Nadeau|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And those moments of full control are among the least compelling.‘Game of Thrones’ Interactive FanFiction: Whoops, My Friend Was Speared in the Throat|Alec Kubas-Meyer|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In cellars near the river the tide rose and fell, compelling the tenants "to keep the children in bed till ebb-tide."The Battle with the Slum|Jacob A. Riis.
These demonstrations were made for the twofold object of harassing the enemy and compelling him to disclose his dispositions.The 28th: A Record of War Service in the Australian Imperial Force, 1915-19, Vol. I|Herbert Brayley Collett
Take these cities separately and their personality becomes the more pertinent and compelling.The Personality of American Cities|Edward Hungerford
Canon Law gave to the husband the power of compelling the wifes return if, for any cause, she left him.Woman, Church & State|Matilda Joslyn Gage
He was a tawny giant, exuding a force and virility and a compelling magnetism that gripped one instantly.Square Deal Sanderson|Charles Alden Seltzer
verb -pels, -pelling or -pelled (tr)
Word Origin for compel
c.1600, present participle adjective from compel. Meaning "irresistible" is from 1901. Related: Compellingly.
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.