Usage examples for compel

  1. But he recognized the necessity of rest for brains other than his own, and in all kindly ways sought to secure and even to compel it. – Recollections of a Varied Life by George Cary Eggleston
  2. Night overtook us while we were engaged in the work, and watch and watch we continued it, lest a gale might spring up and compel us to abandon our prize before it was all secured. – Old Jack by W.H.G. Kingston
  3. " Enough to compel you, Monsieur," I replied sternly. – Historical Romances: Under the Red Robe, Count Hannibal, A Gentleman of France by Stanley J. Weyman
  4. Tell it to him, and if he refuses to listen, we will tie him hand and foot, and compel him to hear what you say. – Andreas Hofer by Lousia Muhlbach
  5. The love of souls is an essential feature of inward Holiness, and if this is exhibited in practical effort you will adorn your profession and compel people to believe in your doctrine. – Standards of Life and Service by T. H. Howard
  6. We must compel them to stay here; the whole Tyrol must rise as one man and with its strong arms keep the Austrians in the country. – Andreas Hofer by Lousia Muhlbach
  7. In my country enemies do not compel us to be polite. – The Translation of a Savage, Complete by Gilbert Parker Last Updated: March 12, 2009
  8. But your own people compel me. – The Scottish Chiefs by Jane Porter
  9. I cannot compel anybody to follow me. – The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence
  10. Stakes were cut and driven into the ground, and a strong piece of canvas, which had been brought for the purpose, stretched across them in such a manner that a comfortable shelter was afforded those whose duty did not compel them to brave the storm. – The Riflemen of the Miami by Edward S. Ellis
  11. We have brought a guard of four thousand men to compel your obedience." – The Scottish Chiefs by Jane Porter
  12. We shall compel you to come back to us again. – Rosmerholm by Henrik Ibsen
  13. Major Jennings was impatient to be off, but it was General Bullwigg's honor, and he could not compel that gentleman to drive until he was quite ready. – IT and Other Stories by Gouverneur Morris
  14. The same characteristic difference between the desire to adapt an institution to the encouragement of individual growth and the desire to compel individual growth to the efficient working of an institution peeps out, even where the practical proposals of the two parties appear to be identical. – A Short History of English Liberalism by Walter Lyon Blease
  15. You shall forgive me- I will compel it! – Marcella by Mrs. Humphry Ward