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used in Arrowsmith

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a strong (possibly uncontrollable) urge to do something; or a force or a requirement that forces an action
  • She had always been proud of her father, understanding the mysterious and unreasoning compulsions of his science, but she had been in awe till now, when he walked heavily and spoke rarely.
    Chapter 13 (81% in)
  • But Watters and Pickerbaugh were not so great a compulsion to respectability as the charms of finding himself listened to in Nautilus as he never had been in Wheatsylvania, and of finding himself admired by Orchid.
    Chapter 20 (36% in)
  • He did not desire to be caught in any of the logrolling factions, though for Terry Wickett, still in France, and for Terry's rough compulsion to honesty he was sometimes lonely.
    Chapter 29 (2% in)
  • Whether it was the compulsion of McGurk or the demands of the public-spirited, or whether Gottlieb's own imagination aroused enough to visualize the far-off misery of the blacks in the canefields, he summoned Martin and remarked: "It comes to me that there is pneumonic plague in Manchuria and bubonic in St. Hubert, in the West Indies.
    Chapter 32 (9% in)

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