irresistible impulse

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Synonyms for irresistible impulse

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


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At that moment, in sympathy with a thought which he was about to utter, the face of Ernest assumed a grandeur of expression, so imbued with benevolence, that the poet, by an irresistible impulse, threw his arms aloft and shouted-
Let us have some music, Miss Sedley--Amelia," said George, who felt at that moment an extraordinary, almost irresistible impulse to seize the above-mentioned young woman in his arms, and to kiss her in the face of the company; and she looked at him for a moment, and if I should say that they fell in love with each other at that single instant of time, I should perhaps be telling an untruth, for the fact is that these two young people had been bred up by their parents for this very purpose, and their banns had, as it were, been read in their respective families any time these ten years.
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.