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Synonyms of force in English:


  • 1 Eddie delivered a blow with all his force
    strength, power, energy, might, potency, vigour, muscle, stamina, effort, exertion, impact, pressure, weight, impetus
    informal punch
    [Antonyms] weakness
  • 2 they used force to achieve their aims
    coercion, compulsion, constraint, duress, oppression, enforcement, harassment, intimidation, threats, pressure, pressurization, influence;
    informal arm-twisting
    North American informal badassery
  • 3 they couldn't deny the force of the argument
    cogency, weight, effectiveness, efficacy, efficaciousness, soundness, validity, strength, might, power, significance, influence, authority, impressiveness, eloquence, persuasiveness, credibility, conclusiveness;
    logic, logicality, foundation, reasonableness, coherence
    informal bite, punch
    [Antonyms] weakness
  • 4 he gave a performance of staggering expressive force
    intensity, feeling, passion, vigour, vigorousness, vehemence, drive, fierceness;
    vividness, impact
    informal pizzazz, oomph, zing, zip, zap, punch
    [Antonyms] shallowness
  • 5 they see male lust as a corrupting force
    agency, power, influence, instrument, vehicle, means, cause, effect
  • 6 the government sent in a peacekeeping force
    body, body of people, group, outfit, party, team;
    corps, detachment, unit, squad, squadron, company, battalion, division, patrol, regiment, army;
    in ancient Rome cohort
    informal bunch
  • Phrases

    in force
  • 1 the state of emergency remained in force
    effective, in operation, operative, operational, in action, valid, on the statute book, current, live, active;
    informal up and running
  • 2 her fans were out in force
    in great numbers, in great quantities, in hordes, in full strength
  • verb

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  • 1 the raiders forced him to open the safe
    exert force on, use force on, urge by force, use duress on, bring pressure to bear on, press-gang, browbeat, steamroller, bully, dragoon, bludgeon, terrorize, menace
    informal put the squeeze on, put the bite on, put the screws on, tighten the screws on, lean on, twist someone's arm, use strong-arm tactics on, strong-arm, railroad, bulldoze
  • 2 the doors had to be forced
    break open, force open, burst open, prise open, kick in, knock down, blast;
  • 3 water was forced through a hole in the pipe
    propel, push, thrust, shove, drive, press, pump, expel
  • 4 they forced a confession out of the kids
    extract, elicit, exact, extort, wrest, wring, wrench, drag, screw, squeeze, milk
    informal bleed
  • Phrases

    force out
    seventeen people were forced out of their homes
    evict, expel, eject, oust, remove, dislodge, turn out, put out, throw out, throw out on the streets, throw out on one's ear, drum out, drive out
    informal chuck out, kick out, boot out, heave out, throw someone out on their ear, defenestrate

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    force, compel, coerce, oblige
    See compel
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