Synonyms of force
1 compulsionDictionary • calls for the siege to be ended by force
compulsion • Students learn more when they are in classes out of choice rather than compulsion.
pressure • He may be putting pressure on her to agree.
violence • The violence of the blow forced the hammer through his skull.
constraint • People are not morally responsible for that which they do under constraint or compulsion.
coercion • It was vital that the elections should be free of coercion or intimidation.
duress • Her confession had been made under duress.
2 powerDictionary • slamming the door behind her with all her force
power • He had no power in his left arm.
might • The might of the army could prove a decisive factor.
energy • He was saving his energy for the big race in Belgium.
strength • He threw it forward with all his strength.
muscle • The team showed more muscle than mental application.
momentum • This campaign is really gaining momentum.
impulse • Their impulse of broadcasting was for human rights.
vigour • He lacks the vigour of a normal, healthy teenager.
potency • the extraordinary potency of his personality
dynamism • a situation that calls for dynamism and new thinking
3 agencyDictionary • The army was the most powerful political force.
agency (old-fashioned) • a negotiated settlement through the agency of the UN
medium • English is used as a medium of instruction at primary level.
vehicle • Her art became a vehicle for her political beliefs.
instrument • The veto is a traditional instrument for diplomacy.
mechanism • the clumsy mechanism of price controls
operation • This change is due to the operation of several factors.
4 influenceDictionary • He changed our world through the force of his ideas.
influence • They should continue to use their influence for the release of all hostages.
power • the power of his rhetoric
effect • The whole effect is cool, light and airy
authority • The judge has no authority to order a second trial.
weight • That argument no longer carries much weight.
strength • They have their own independence movement which is gathering strength.
punch (informal) • The film lacks punch and pace.
effectiveness • the effectiveness of computers as an educational tool
validity • Some people deny the validity of this claim.
efficacy • Recent medical studies confirm the efficacy of a healthier lifestyle.
bite • The novel seems to lack bite and tension.
5 intensityDictionary • She took a step back from the force of his rage.
intensity • His intensity, and the ferocity of his feelings alarmed me.
vehemence • He spoke loudly and with more vehemence than he had intended.
drive • He is best remembered for his drive and enthusiasm.
emphasis • Too much emphasis is placed on research.
6 armyDictionary • a pan-European peace-keeping force
army • data collected by an army of volunteers
unit • a secret military unit
corps • an officer in the Army Medical Corps
company • The division consists of two tank companies and one infantry company.
body • The great body of people moved slowly forward.
host • A host of stars from British stage and screen attended the awards ceremony.
troop • She was aware of a little troop of travellers watching them.
squad • The club is under investigation by the fraud squad.
regiment • ...a regiment of hungry customers...
battalion • He was ordered to return to his battalion.
legion • The last of the Roman legions left Britain in AD 410.
detachment • a detachment of marines
1 compelDictionary • They forced him to work for them at gun point.
compel • the introduction of legislation to compel cyclists to wear a helmet
make • You can't make me do anything.
drive • Depression drove him to attempt suicide.
press • The trade unions are pressing him to stand firm.
pressure • He claimed the police pressured him to change his testimony.
urge • They urged parliament to approve plans for their reform programme.
oblige • This decree obliges unions to delay strikes.
constrain • Individuals will be constrained to make many sacrifices for the greater good.
necessitate • A prolonged drought had necessitated the introduction of water rationing.
coerce • He argued that the government had coerced him into resigning.
impel • I felt impelled to go on speaking.
dragoon • He had been dragooned into the excursion.
pressurize • He thought she was trying to pressurize him into marriage.
put the squeeze on (informal)
twist (someone's) arm
put the screws on (informal)
bring pressure to bear upon
3 pushDictionary • They forced her head under the icy waters, drowning her.
push • They pushed him into the car.
thrust • They thrust him into the back of a jeep.
propel • The rocket is designed to propel the spacecraft.
4 break open • The police forced the door of the flat and arrested him.
wrench • They wrenched open the passenger door and got into the car.
prise • We had to prise the story out of him.
wrest • She wrested the suitcase from the chauffeur's grasp.
use violence on
5 extortDictionary • using torture to force a confession out of a suspect
extort • The kidnappers extorted a £175,000 ransom for his release.
exact • He has exacted a high price for his co-operation.
wring • He hoped to put pressure on the British and wring concessions from them.
, talk into
PHRASE:▷ in force
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• a negotiated settlement through the agency of the UN
armyAn army of people, animals, or things is a large number of them, especially when they are regarded as a force of some kind.
• data collected by an army of volunteers
authorityAuthority is the right to command and control other people.
• The judge has no authority to order a second trial.
Thesaurus for force from the Collins English Thesaurus
strength or energy; might; power
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