1. compulsion

noun. ['kəmˈpʌlʃən'] an urge to do or say something that might be better left undone or unsaid.


  • irresistible impulse


  • compulsio (Latin)

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Rhymes with Compulsion

  • propulsion
  • expulsion
  • convulsion
  • revulsion
  • emulsion

How do you pronounce compulsion?

Pronounce compulsion as kəmˈpəlʃən.

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Sentences with compulsion

1. Noun, singular or mass
Resist the compulsion to randomly open a textbook when you sit down to study.

Quotes about compulsion

1. Bodily exercise, when compulsory, does no harm to the body; but knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.
- Plato, The Republic

2. You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it. From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a bitch.
- Edgar D. Mitchell

3. Such sweet compulsion doth in music lie.
- John Milton, The Complete Poetry

2. compulsion

noun. ['kəmˈpʌlʃən'] using force to cause something to occur.


  • eviction
  • causation
  • coercion
  • causing


  • compulsio (Latin)

3. compulsion

noun. ['kəmˈpʌlʃən'] an irrational motive for performing trivial or repetitive actions, even against your will.


  • onomatomania
  • irrational motive


  • compulsio (Latin)