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co·erce

coerce

 
 
pronunciation:
ko uhrs
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: coerces, coercing, coerced
definition 1: to persuade or pressure (a person) to do something by using threats, intimidation, or the like.
It has been alleged that she was coerced into confessing.Other members of the gang coerced him into stealing the drugs.
synonyms:
force, pressure, strong-arm
similar words:
bulldoze, compel, con, constrain, drive, hustle, impel, intimidate, threaten
definition 2: to compel or bring about by intimidation or force.
The tyrant coerced obedience.The confession was not made voluntarily; it was coerced.
synonyms:
force, strong-arm
antonyms:
coax
similar words:
compel, dragoon, enforce, extort
derivations: coercible (adj.), coercer (n.)