compulsion compulsion  /kəm ˈpəl ʃən/


  1. (n) an urge to do or say something that might be better left undone or unsaid
  2. (n) an irrational motive for performing trivial or repetitive actions, even against your will
  3. (n) using force to cause something to occur

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  1. The Sunday Conversation: Vilmos Zsigmond's technique comes into focus

    The cinematographer tells of the influences and methods that shaped his work on the new film 'Compulsion.' At 83 on June 16, Vilmos Zsigmond — regarded as one of the 10 most influential cinematographers by the International Cinematographers Guild — still has a full plate. The Big Sur-based cinematographer for such classic '70s films as "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and "The Deer Hunter ...
    on June 17, 2013     Source: Los Angeles Times

  2. Study: Reading novels makes people better thinkers

    By Tom Jacobs, Salon Are you uncomfortable with ambiguity? It’s a common condition, but a highly problematic one. The compulsion to quell that unease can inspire snap judgments, rigid thinking, and bad decision-making. Fortunately, new research suggests a simple anecdote for this affliction: Read more [...]
    on June 17, 2013     Source: Lake Tahoe News

  3. Heather Graham Has a Killer Appetite in the Compulsion Trailer

    The trailer for director Egidio Coccimiglio's Compulsion is now online and viewable in the player below.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Coming Soon


  1. "To be sure, health problems have prevented me from eating," Ebert writes in the book. "That did not discourage my cooking. It became an exercise more pure, freed of biological compulsion."
    on Jul 1, 2010 By: Roger Ebert Source: FOXNews

  2. Writing in the Daily Mail, Mr Brown told stores that "if government compulsion is needed to make the change, we will take the necessary steps".
    on Mar 4, 2008 By: Gordon Brown Source: Belfast Telegraph

  3. "I was under total compulsion," killer Mark David Chapman says in a segment to be aired at 8 pm ET Friday on "Dateline NBC." "It was like a train, a runaway train, there was no stopping it."
    on Nov 15, 2005 By: Mark David Chapman Source: MSNBC

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