HyperDic: compulsion

English > 3 senses of the word compulsion:
NOUNmotivecompulsion, irresistible impulsean urge to do or say something that might be better left undone or unsaid
motivecompulsion, obsessionan irrational motive for performing trivial or repetitive actions, even against your will
actcompulsion, coercionusing force to cause something to occur
compulsion > pronunciation
Soundskahmpah'lshahn
RhymesAachen ... Zukerman: 2572 rhymes with ahn...
English > compulsion: 3 senses > noun 1, motive
MeaningAn urge to do or say something that might be better left undone or unsaid.
Example"he felt a compulsion to babble on about the accident"
Synonymirresistible impulse
Broaderirrational impulseA strong spontaneous and irrational motivation
Spanishcompulsión
Catalancompulsió
Adjectivescompulsivecaused by or suggestive of psychological compulsion
English > compulsion: 3 senses > noun 2, motive
MeaningAn irrational motive for performing trivial or repetitive actions, even against your will.
Example"her compulsion to wash her hands repeatedly"
Synonymobsession
Narroweronomatomaniaobsession with a particular word which the person uses repeatedly or which intrudes into consciousness
Broaderirrational motiveA motivation that is inconsistent with reason or logic
Spanishcompulsión, obsesión
Catalanobsessió
Adjectivescompulsivecaused by or suggestive of psychological compulsion
Nounscompulsivea person with a compulsive / compulsive disposition
English > compulsion: 3 senses > noun 3, act
MeaningUsing force to cause something to occur.
Example"though pressed into rugby under compulsion I began to enjoy the game"
Synonymcoercion
Narrowereviction, constructive evictionaction by a landlord that compels a tenant / tenant to leave the premises (as by rendering the premises unfit for occupancy)
Broadercausing, causationThe act of causing something to happen / happen
Spanishcoacción, coerción
Catalancoacció, coerció
Verbscompelforce somebody to do something

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