Perhaps the most compelling way is through family history, as David Laskin does in his fascinating new book.
That is not to say that the focus on Cohle and Hart does not spawn two compelling performances.
That level of careful attention is what makes Pilgrimage so compelling.
But their lack of a compelling governing vision left them unable to assemble this broad coalition.
In the process, King creates Lisey, a compelling and realistic heroine.
Her great charm for him consists in the power she possesses of compelling him to control his impulses.
His senses breathed the air of her perfect and compelling femininity.
His voice had a strange ring of authority, compelling her to turn and look upon his face.
And then, as the other nodded in assent, she spoke with a compelling kindliness.
Impeachment as a means of compelling the observance of traditions has, of course, long been obsolete.
c.1600, present participle adjective from compel. Meaning "irresistible" is from 1901. Related: Compellingly.