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impel

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Definition to make someone feel they must do something
  • When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another ... that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
    Thomas Jefferson  --  The Declaration of Independence
  • If you feel impelled to cast chronographical aspersions...
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • Helen seemed impelled to follow.
    Zane Grey  --  The Man of the Forest
  • Brown held both his skinny hands together behind his back in the grip of one vast fist, and now and then impelled him forward with a fierce push.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • I believe in the power of duty to impel.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • No ideological differences impel me to say this.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • Impelled by a nervous fear, he rose and went into the dingy hall, where he counted his remaining money, unseen.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • Impelled by feelings that were primal yet paradoxically wholly impersonal.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • The seclusion of her darkened chamber made possible that betrayal of herself to which she was impelled.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • Before closing I feel impelled to mention one other point in your statement that has troubled me profoundly.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  Letter from a Birmingham Jail
  • He loved the wasp equally, he impelled it likewise, he was imitating God.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • He was impelled to do them, and did not reason about them at all.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • A keen remembrance and keen pity impelled Maggie to put her hand in Philip's.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • The author tells me that he "felt impelled" to write it.
    George Orwell  --  Politics and the English Language
  • I deeply regret the necessity that impels me to suppress any thing of importance connected with my experience in slavery.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • Paul stared at the dark visage above him, wondering at the reasons which had impelled Stilgar to say just that.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Racing through the ocher light, Bigwig was impelled by a frenzy of tension and energy.
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down
  • Thus the supersensitive couple were more and more impelled to go away.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • To her, each shot seemed to impel him forward, the reverse of her desire; and for him, the closer he got to her, the more she shot him.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Scarcely had he departed when Georgiana felt irresistibly impelled to follow him.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Birthmark

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