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force

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of force

  1. 1 a body of persons at work or available for work <the entire force of the shipyard will be needed to get this government order done on time> Synonyms help, labor force, manpower, personnel, pool, staff, workforce Related Words labor, proletariat, rank and file; band, company, crew, gang, outfit, party, squad, team; employee (also employe), helper, hireling, worker; blood; support

  2. 2 the use of power to impose one's will on another <a cruel tyrant who disbanded the parliament and ruled by force> Synonyms arm-twisting, coercion, compulsion, constraint, duress, pressure Related Words browbeating, bulldozing, bullying; fear, intimidation, menace, sword, terror, terrorism, threat, violence; squeeze, squeeze play; might, muscle, potency, puissance, strength; hardheadedness, self-will, willfulness; strain, stress Near Antonyms agreement, approval, consent, permission; convincing, persuasion, reason, suasion

  3. 3 the ability to exert effort for the accomplishment of a task <got through the college board exams by sheer force of will> Synonyms energy, firepower, power, horsepower, might, muscle, potence, potency, puissance, sinew, strength, vigorRelated Words aptitude, capability, capacity, competence, competency; adequacy, effectiveness, effectualness, usefulnessNear Antonyms disability, inability, inaptitude, incapability, incapableness, incapacity, incompetence, incompetency; ineffectiveness, ineffectuality, ineffectualness, inefficaciousness, inefficacy, uselessness; helplessness, paralysisAntonyms impotence, impotency, powerlessness, weakness

  4. 4 the capacity to persuade <surely you were influenced by the force of his arguments?> Synonyms authority, conclusiveness, convincingness, effectiveness, cogency, forcefulness, persuasion, persuasiveness, suasivenessRelated Words impact, might, power, punch, strength, weight; believability, credibility, soundness, validity; authoritativeness, definitiveness; influence, sway; appeal, seductivenessNear Antonyms invalidity, shakiness, unsoundness; feebleness, powerlessness, weaknessAntonyms inconclusiveness, ineffectiveness, ineffectuality, ineffectualness

  5. 5 the quality of an utterance that provokes interest and produces an effect <felt the full force of her denunciation of war as a morally acceptable option> Synonyms cogency, effectiveness, {h,1}punch, forcefulness, impact, pointRelated Words payoff; importance, significance; appeal, attraction, charm, fascination

  6. 6 the use of brute strength to cause harm to a person or property <threatened to resort to force if he wouldn't listen to reason> Synonyms violence, foul playRelated Words coercion, compulsion, constraint, duress, pressure; barbarity, brutality, savagery; damage, detriment, harm, hurt, impairment, injury; crippling, maiming, mayhem, mutilation; assault, attack, bashing, battering, battery, batting, beating, belting, bludgeoning, buffeting, clubbing, cudgeling (or cudgelling), drubbing, flogging, hammering, lacing, licking, mauling, paddling, pelting, pommeling (or pommelling), pounding, pummeling (also pummelling), smashing, socking, thrashing, thumping, tromping, walloping, whaling, whipping; frenzy, fury, onslaught, outbreak, outrage, paroxysm, rage, rampage, revolt, riot, rupture, shock, storm, terror, threat, tumult, turbulence, upheaval, uproar; browbeating, bulldozing, bullying, hectoring, strong-armingNear Antonyms pacificism, pacifismAntonyms nonviolence

  7. 7 a body of officers of the law <the new police chief will most likely be someone from the force> Synonyms constabulary, finest, police, fuzz, heat [slang], man, police forceRelated Words bluecoat, bobby [British], bull [slang], constable, cop, copper, gendarme, officer, peeler [British], policeman, police officer, policewoman, shamus [slang], trooper

  8. 8 the number of individuals or amount of something available at any given time <the great debate during the Cold War was whether the nation's missile force was adequate> Synonyms budget, supply, fund, inventory, pool, repertoire, reservoir, stockRelated Words reserve, resource; cache, hoard, stockpile; refill, renewal, replacement; kitty, nest egg, pot, purse; fountain, mine, source, spring, well, wellspring




force

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of force

  1. 1 to cause (a person) to give in to pressure <the government forced the natives to sell their land> <hunger forced the refugees to steal> Synonyms blackjack, coerce, compel, constrain, dragoon, drive, impel, impress, make, muscle, obligate, oblige, press, pressure, sandbag Related Words browbeat, bulldoze, bully, cow, hector, intimidate; blackmail, high-pressure, menace, shame, terrorize, threaten; drag; badger, harass, hound Phrases twist one's arm Near Antonyms allow, let, permit; argue, convince, induce, move, persuade, prevail (on or upon), satisfy, talk (into), win (over)

  2. 2 to engage in sexual activity and especially intercourse with a person unwilling or unable to give consent <young men who should realize that there is no excuse for forcing a woman> Synonyms assault, rape, outrage, ravish, violateRelated Words date rape; gang rape; molest; paw; defile, deflower




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