Origin of compulsion
Related Words for compulsioncoercion, obsession, urgency, preoccupation, duty, urge, force, exigency, driving, constraint, prepossession, hang-up, drive, pressure, engrossment, necessity, demand, need, duress, monkey
Examples from the Web for compulsion
Contemporary Examples of compulsion
And many fans may feel a compulsion to add their voice to the crowd shouting out for these rights to be protected.Iran Won’t Let Women Watch The World Cup
June 21, 2014
Ultimately, his fascination with the drug gave way to compulsion and a struggle to break the habit.Weed Reads: The 10 Best Books on Pot
April 27, 2014
Why should the compulsion to excel—which propels these privileged students to Oxford.Are Britain’s Private Schools Breeding Grounds For Anorexia?
March 3, 2014
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.
Historical Examples of compulsion
And do you think me so spiritless as to believe that I can be yours by compulsion?Maid Marian
Thomas Love Peacock
You can wish you had stood all this; inevitable as the compulsion must have been!Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
I only know that I must wait—that compulsion is greater than my strength to combat.There is a Reaper ...
Charles V. De Vet
The method of compulsion failed to keep the tenants on the land.The Enclosures in England
She was driven by a compulsion to which fatigue was nothing.The Innocent Adventuress
Mary Hastings Bradley
- the act of compelling or the state of being compelled
- something that compels
- psychiatry an inner drive that causes a person to perform actions, often of a trivial and repetitive nature, against his or her willSee also obsession
Word Origin for compulsion
Word Origin and History 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.
- An uncontrollable impulse to perform an act, often repetitively, as an unconscious mechanism to avoid unacceptable ideas and desires which, by themselves, arouse anxiety.
In psychology, an internal force that leads persons to act against their will. A “compulsive” act cannot be controlled: “Smith was a compulsive gambler.”