transitive verb com·pesce \kəmˈpes\

Definition of compesce


archaic Scottish

  1. :  to hold in check :  restrain

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Origin and Etymology of compesce

Middle English compessen, from Latin compescere, from com- + -pescere (akin to Latin parcere to spare, abstain) — more at parsimony

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to criticize severely

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