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impel
used in Tess of the d'Urbervilles

4 uses
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Definition
to make someone feel they must do something
  • How a convulsive snatching at social salvation might have impelled her to answer him she could not say.
    2 — Maiden No More (27% in)
  • Every man must work as he could best work, and in the method towards which he felt impelled by the Spirit.
    6 — The Convert (13% in)
  • Why he did so he could not say, but something seemed to impel him to the act.
    7 — Fulfilment (54% in)
  • They entered upon the turf, and, impelled by a force that seemed to overrule their will, suddenly stood still, turned, and waited in paralyzed suspense beside the stone.
    7 — Fulfilment (97% in)

There are no more uses of "impel" in Tess of the d'Urbervilles.

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