744. Compulsion.

744. Compulsion.NOUN. compulsion, coercion, coaction, constraint, eminent domain, duress, enforcement, press, conscription.

force; brute force, main force, physical force; the sword, ultima ratio [Lat.]; club law, lynch law, mob law, arguementum baculinum, le droit du plus fort [Fr.], martial law.

restraint &c. 751; necessity &c. 601; force majeure [Fr.] {greater force}; Hobson’s choice; the spur of necessity.

VERB. compel, force, make, drive, coerce, constrain, enforce, necessitate, oblige.

force upon, press; cram down the throat, thrust down the throat, force down the throat; say it must be done, make a point of, insist upon, take no denial; put down, dragoon.

extort, wring from; squeeze, put on the squeeze; put on the screws, turn on the screw; drag into; bind, bind over; pin down, tie down; require, tax, put in force; commandeer; restrain &c. 751.

ADJ. compelling &c. v.; coercive, coactive; inexorable &c. 739; compulsory, compulsatory; obligatory, stringent, peremptory, binding.

forcible, not to be trifled with; irresistible &c. 601; compelled &c. v.; fain to.

ADV. by force &c. n., by force of arms; on compulsion, perforce; vi et armis [Lat.], under the lash; at the point of the sword, at the point of the bayonet; forcibly; by a strong arm.

under protest, in spite of one’s teeth; against one’s will &c. 603; nolens volens &c. (of necessity) 601; by stress of circumstances, by stress of weather; under press of; de rigueur.

The soul on earth is an immortal guest,
Compelled to starve at an unreal feast.

{Hannnah More—Reflections of King Hezekiah.}.


But it would have all availed me nothing, had I been “some poor body,” before this absolute, domineering tribunal. But they saw that I would not go, unless “vi et armis,” and they knew that I had friends and interest enough at home to make them suffer for any injustice they might do me. It was probably this that turned the matter; for the captain changed his tone entirely, and asked me if, in case any one went in my place, I would give him the same sum that S——- gave Harris to exchange with him. I told him that if any one was sent on board the brig, I should pity him, and be willing to help him to that, or almost any amount; but would not speak of it as an exchange.

{Henry Dana—Two Years Before the Mast. Ch. XXIX.}.

Miserum est tacere cogi quod cupias loqui. [Lat.] {Syrus“It is wretched to be compelled to be silent on what you long to speak about.” }.

Will you enforce me to a world of cares?
Call them again. I am not made of stones,
But penetrable to your kind entreaties,
Albeit against my conscience and my soul.
Cousin of Buckingham, and sage grave men,
Since you will buckle fortune on my back,
To bear her burden, whe’er I will or no,
I must have patience to endure the load;
But if black scandal or foul-fac’d reproach
Attend the sequel of your imposition,
Your mere enforcement shall acquittance me
From all the impure blots and stains thereof;
For God doth know, and you may partly see,
How far I am from the desire of this.

{Shakespeare—King Richard III. Act III. Sc. 7. (Gloucester). }.

Omnes eodem cogimur; omnium / Versatur urna serius ocius / Sors exitura, et nos in æternum / Exsilium impositura cymbæ. [Lat.] {Horace—Odes. Bk. II. 3. 25. “We are all compelled by the same force; the lot is cast into the urn, sooner or later to be drawn forth, to send us to the boat of Charon for our eternal exile.” }.

Marriage is a matter of more worth
Than to be dealt in by attorneyship;
Not whom we will, but whom his Grace affects,
Must be companion of his nuptial bed.
And therefore, lords, since he affects her most,
It most of all these reasons bindeth us
In our opinions she should be preferr’d;
For what is wedlock forced but a hell,
An age of discord and continual strife?

{Shakespeare—King Henry VI. Pt. I. Act V. Sc. 5. (Suffolk). }.


Come, come, Lavinia; look, thy foes are bound.
Sirs, stop their mouths, let them not speak to me;
But let them hear what fearful words I utter.
O villains, Chiron and Demetrius!
Here stands the spring whom you have stain’d with mud;
This goodly summer with your winter mix’d.
You kill’d her husband; and for that vile fault
Two of her brothers were condemn’d to death,
My hand cut off and made a merry jest;
Both her sweet hands, her tongue, and that more dear
Than hands or tongue, her spotless chastity,
Inhuman traitors, you constrain’d and forc’d.
What would you say, if I should let you speak?
Villains, for shame you could not beg for grace.

{Shakespeare—Titus Andronicus. Act V. Sc. 2. (Titus). }.

Kein Mensch muss müssen. [Ger.] {Lessing—Nathan de Weise. “No man must be compelled.” }.

What, upon compulsion? Zounds, an I were at the strappado or all the racks in the world, I would not tell you on compulsion. Give you a reason on compulsion? If reasons were as plentiful as blackberries, I would give no man a reason upon compulsion, I.

{Shakespeare—King Henry IV. Pt. I. Act II. Sc. 4. (Falstaff). }.


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