Whenever I read or hear something I love, I have a compulsion to tell everyone I know.
Her CBS colleagues marveled at her compulsion to keep defying danger.
A year changed much for both soldiers, but the compulsion to serve remained steady.
Amis-Rage has become a near pathological, peculiarly British compulsion.
Like the gymnast and the ballerina, the distance runner is often defined by drive and compulsion.
He divided the world between his children in accordance with the laws of the country and the compulsion of his circumstances.
And do you think me so spiritless as to believe that I can be yours by compulsion?
Religion demands the submission of a free conscience, and uses no compulsion but that imposed by its own inherent dignity.
You can wish you had stood all this; inevitable as the compulsion must have been!
Only in the range of the spiritual are we twenty years behind time, trying to get the best construction by compulsion.
early 15c., from Middle French compulsion, from Latin compulsionem (nominative compulsio) "a driving, urging," noun of action from past participle stem of compellere "compel" (see compel). Psychological sense is from 1909 in A.A. Brill's translation of Freud's "Selected Papers on Hysteria," where German Zwangsneurose is rendered as compulsion neurosis.
compulsion com·pul·sion (kəm-pŭl'shən)
An uncontrollable impulse to perform an act, often repetitively, as an unconscious mechanism to avoid unacceptable ideas and desires which, by themselves, arouse anxiety.
In psychology, an internal force that leads persons to act against their will. A “compulsive” act cannot be controlled: “Smith was a compulsive gambler.”