irresistible impulse

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n irresistible impulse an urge to do or say something that might be better left undone or unsaid "he felt a compulsion to babble on about the accident"
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Usage

In literature:

The human soul is moved mechanically by impulse from without, and passively yields to an irresistible power.
"On Calvinism" by William Hull
Moved by an irresistible impulse, he stooped and kissed her.
"David Dunne" by Belle Kanaris Maniates
Words were strangling in his throat, an impulse, almost irresistible, to call.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930" by Various
Eddie had an almost irresistible impulse to pinch himself.
"Astounding Stories, March, 1931" by Various
According to Proudhon, before Kant, the believer and the philosopher moved "by an irresistible impulse," asked themselves, "What is God?
"Anarchism and Socialism" by George Plechanoff
Later, driven by an irresistible impulse and her own terrible loneliness, she went up to Peg's empty bedroom and stood in the doorway.
"The Beggar Man" by Ruby Mildred Ayres
An irresistible impulse made him enter this triangle, though he felt as if long ghostly arms were trying to hold him back.
"Fairy Tales from the German Forests" by Margaret Arndt
Call it what you will, but the impulse was irresistible, and I rose and took a place immediately at the man's back.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 13 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Perceiving the fatality of this delusion, I was urged by an irresistible impulse to attempt its removal.
"Thoughts on African Colonization" by William Lloyd Garrison
Obeying an irresistible impulse he looked back.
"Trusia" by Davis Brinton
He had now an irresistible impulse to escape from his old surroundings.
"Prisoners of Conscience" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
An irresistible impulse sent her close to his side.
"The Song of the Wolf" by Frank Mayer
Every boy on the place is scratching; and I too have an irresistible impulse in that direction.
"Mothering on Perilous" by Lucy S. Furman
He ran on and on, an almost irresistible impulse all the while tempting him back.
"Edelweiss" by Berthold Auerbach
He had an almost irresistible impulse to put his hand on her shaking shoulder and pat it gently.
"Shadows of Flames" by Amelie Rives
The same irresistible and deliberate impulse drove Isabel towards Simon.
"The Tremendous Event" by Maurice Leblanc
He stepped forward swiftly, impulsively, irresistibly.
"The Broken Gate" by Emerson Hough
Irresistibly she was drawn toward it by an impulse of curiosity and dread.
"The Ranch Girls' Pot of Gold" by Margaret Vandercook
Even he found the impulse to leap up and run all but irresistible.
"Into the Primitive" by Robert Ames Bennet
The impulse which had taken him into her room was an irresistible one.
"To Win the Love He Sought" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
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In news:

Her irresistible impulse had tragic consequences late Monday when a fire broke out in the cluttered southeast Houston home where she lived alone.
Some 45 years after Jack Ruby was convicted in 1964 of slaying Lee Harvey Oswald , his celebrated "irresistible impulse" defense is being challenged—by Ruby's own words.
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In science:

Associating a physical interpretation with the cutoff is an almost irresistable impulse when dealing with effective lagrangians.
Uses and Abuses of Effective Lagrangians
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