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compelling
used in The Mill on the Floss

2 uses
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Definition
very interesting; or convincing — possibly leading to action

or more rarely:  a force for action
  • He was still holding her wrist tightly, as if he were compelling a culprit from the scene of action.
    5.5 -- Book 5 Chapter 5 -- The Cloven Tree (81% in)
  • To save something toward the repayment of those creditors was the object toward which he was now bending all his thoughts and efforts; and under the influence of this all-compelling demand of his nature, the somewhat profuse man, who hated to be stinted or to stint any one else in his own house, was gradually metamorphosed into the keen-eyed grudger of morsels.
    4.2 -- Book 4 Chapter 2 -- The Torn Nest Is Pierced by the Thorns (53% in)

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