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compel
used in Middlemarch

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Definition
to force someone to do something

or more rarely:

to convince someone to do something
  • Neither law nor the world's opinion compelled her to this—only her husband's nature and her own compassion, only the ideal and not the real yoke of marriage.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (50% in)
  • The human soul moves in many channels, and Mr. Casaubon, we know, had a sense of rectitude and an honorable pride in satisfying the requirements of honor, which compelled him to find other reasons for his conduct than those of jealousy and vindictiveness.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (93% in)
  • But report took up this amazing case of tumor, not clearly distinguished from cancer, and considered the more awful for being of the wandering sort; till much prejudice against Lydgate's method as to drugs was overcome by the proof of his marvellous skill in the speedy restoration of Nancy Nash after she had been rolling and rolling in agonies from the presence of a tumor both hard and obstinate, but nevertheless compelled to yield.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (20% in)
  • What should I do—how should I act now, this very day, if I could clutch my own pain, and compel it to silence, and think of those three?
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (58% in)

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