Definitions: (1) demanding attention; drawing notice because of interest or beauty; having a riveting or an irresistible effect; (2) very powerful; forceful <a compelling personality>

Derivation: Latin, “to drive together”

• God’s presence is not just Light, and Life, but Love. And Love invites, but does not compel. —  Frederica Mathewes-Green (1958-) American author
• Nothing in the world is so compelling to the emotions as the mind of another human being. — Margaret Floy Washburn (1871-1939) American psychologist