Associations to the word «Compulsion»


COMPULSION, noun. An irrational need to perform some action, often despite negative consequences.
COMPULSION, noun. The use of authority, influence, or other power to force (compel) a person or persons to act.
COMPULSION, noun. The lawful use of violence (i.e. by the administration).

Dictionary definition

COMPULSION, noun. An urge to do or say something that might be better left undone or unsaid; "he felt a compulsion to babble on about the accident".
COMPULSION, noun. An irrational motive for performing trivial or repetitive actions, even against your will; "her compulsion to wash her hands repeatedly".
COMPULSION, noun. Using force to cause something to occur; "though pressed into rugby under compulsion I began to enjoy the game"; "they didn't have to use coercion".

Wise words

The most important things are the hardest things to say. They are the things you get ashamed of because words diminish your feelings - words shrink things that seem timeless when they are in your head to no more than living size when they are brought out.
Stephen King