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- comptroller general of the united states,
- comptroller of the currency,
- compulsive personality,
- compulsory purchase
Origin of compulsion
Examples from the Web for compulsion
And many fans may feel a compulsion to add their voice to the crowd shouting out for these rights to be protected.
Ultimately, his fascination with the drug gave way to compulsion and a struggle to break the habit.
Why should the compulsion to excel—which propels these privileged students to Oxford.Are Britain’s Private Schools Breeding Grounds For Anorexia?|Emma Woolf|March 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One step too far, and ambition turns into unrealistic expectations, compulsion into craziness.
Like the gymnast and the ballerina, the distance runner is often defined by drive and compulsion.
Saint and sinner, believer and infidel, are alike under this compulsion in matters moral—and in all matters.St. Cuthbert's|Robert E. Knowles
At the same time, the moral influences put upon them were those of compulsion and restraint.A Jewish Chaplain in France|Lee J. Levinger
It was certainly one that was entered into voluntarily by both partners of the marriage; there was no compulsion of law.The Truth About Woman|C. Gasquoine Hartley
It is a sense of on-coming fate, a compulsion to do or to suffer, that produces the illusion of perfect knowledge.Some Turns of Thought in Modern Philosophy|George Santayana
On the contrary, nothing was taught him by compulsion, and no child could be more full of happiness.Olive Leaves|Lydia Howard Sigourney
Word Origin for compulsion
early 15c., from Middle French compulsion, from Latin compulsionem (nominative compulsio) "a driving, urging," noun of action from past participle stem of compellere "compel" (see compel). Psychological sense is from 1909 in A.A. Brill's translation of Freud's "Selected Papers on Hysteria," where German Zwangsneurose is rendered as compulsion neurosis.
In psychology, an internal force that leads persons to act against their will. A “compulsive” act cannot be controlled: “Smith was a compulsive gambler.”