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coerce

co·erce

coerce

 
 
pronunciation:
ko uhrs
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: coerced, coerces, coercing
definition 1: to persuade or pressure (a person) to do something by using threats, intimidation, or the like.
The police are suspected of coercing her into confessing.
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.
synonyms:
force, strong-arm
antonyms:
coax
similar words:
compel, dragoon, enforce, extort
derivations: coercible (adj.), coercer (n.)