irresistible impulse

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an urge to do or say something that might be better left undone or unsaid


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exclaimed D'Artagnan, impelled by one of those irresistible impulses which showed the nobility of his nature, the native brightness of his character; "I swear that I would give the last drop of my blood and the last fragment of my limbs to preserve the friendship of such a friend as you, Athos -- of such a man as you, Aramis.
As Charles Cousar has explained, the compulsion Paul speaks of here does not refer to an irresistible impulse of the psyche or an irrational drive that coerces him into preaching against his better judgment (Texts for Preaching, Westminster John Knox Press, 1993).
There's modernisation aplenty, but the irresistible impulse to catch 'em all remains key.
The answer is for our state legislators to first stop their almost irresistible impulse to raise taxes and then implement wholesale, systemic change in the state business tax structure, rather than defaulting to the standard state economic development tactic of providing company-specific incentives to attract new business.
Ali should have retired when he was still beautiful, when he still stung like a bee, but there was always another fight, another payday, another irresistible impulse to try to recapture the past.
In 1962, the American Law Institute published the Model Penal Code, which combined the strictly cognitive M'Naghten rules and the irresistible impulse test.
Stadolnik, first appears in legal literature in France in 1838 when a lawyer combined the Latin words for fire and irresistible impulse.
He said that certain lines were crossed and that what happened was a result of euphoria, while what he said about the cash was said while he was subject to an irresistible impulse, Utrinski vesnik reports.
So even when watching a match between two teams that has nothing whatever to do with the 1966 final, they are possessed by an irresistible impulse to mention England won the World Cup that year.
First, firms seem to have an irresistible impulse to use superlatives.
Its decision is an arid, doctrinaire interpretation, driven by the frequently irresistible impulse of judges to tinker with the First Amendment.
In reviewing this question, the Virginia Court of Appeals noted that Virginia recognizes two tests by which a defendant can establish the affirmative defense of insanity: (1) the M'Naghten Rule and (2) the irresistible impulse doctrine.
native Dina LaPolt was lead singer for the lipstick lesbian band Irresistible Impulse.
Such research does not tell us anything important about overeating that we didn't already know` As the psychiatrist Sally Satel noted at the AEI conference on obesity in June 2003, "virtually every pleasure we encounter is associated with surges in dopamine," and brain images "cannot distinguish between an irresistible impulse and an impulse that is not resisted.
Clothes and shoes proved to be the most irresistible impulse buys for women.