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Noun persuasion has 2 senses


persuasionn. [L. persuasio; Cf. F. persuasion.].
  •  The act of persuading; the act of influencing the mind by arguments or reasons offered, or by anything that moves the mind or passions, or inclines the will to a determination.  [1913 Webster]
    "For thou hast all the arts of fine persuasion."  [1913 Webster]
  •  The state of being persuaded or convinced; settled opinion or conviction, which has been induced.  [1913 Webster]
    "If the general persuasion of all men does so account it."  [1913 Webster]
    "My firm persuasion is, at least sometimes,
    That Heaven will weigh man's virtues and his crimes
    With nice attention.
    "  [1913 Webster]
  •  A creed or belief; a sect or party adhering to a certain creed or system of opinions; as, of the same persuasion; all persuasions are agreed.  [1913 Webster]
    "Of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political."  [1913 Webster]
  •  The power or quality of persuading; persuasiveness.  [1913 Webster]
    "Is 't possible that my deserts to you
    Can lack persuasion?
    "  [1913 Webster]
  •  That which persuades; a persuasive.  [1913 Webster]
Syn. -- See Conviction.


persuasion, n.
1 persuading (yielded to persuasion).
2 persuasiveness (use all your persuasion).
3 a belief or conviction (my private persuasion).
4 a religious belief, or the group or sect holding it (of a different persuasion).
5 colloq. any group or party (the male persuasion).

ME f. L persuasio (as PERSUADE)



adherents, affiliation, allurement, ascendancy, authority, belief, bias, blandishment, blood, body, branch, brand, breed, cajolement, cajolery, cast, character, charisma, charm, church, clan, class, clout, coaxing, color, communion, community, confession, connection, conning, consequence, control, conversion, conviction, credit, creed, cult, denomination, description, designation, disciples, division, dominance, domination, effect, eminence, enchantment, engagement, enlistment, esteem, evangelization, exhortation, exhorting, eye, faction, faith, favor, feather, feeling, fellowship, fixed opinion, followers, force, form, genre, genus, good feeling, grain, group, hold, hortation, ilk, implicit belief, importance, incidental power, inducement, inducing, influence, influencing, influentiality, insinuation, ism, jawboning, kidney, kin, kind, label, leadership, leverage, line, lobbying, lot, magnetism, make, manner, mark, mastery, mature judgment, mind, mold, moment, nature, number, offshoot, opinion, order, organization, partiality, party, personality, persuading, phylum, potency, power, preaching, preachment, predilection, predominance, prejudice, preponderance, prepossession, pressure, prestige, proselytism, proselytization, purchase, race, reign, religion, religious order, repute, rule, sales talk, salesmanship, say, schism, school, school of thought, sect, sectarism, segment, selling, sentiment, settled judgment, shape, snow job, society, soft soap, solicitation, sort, species, stamp, staunch belief, steadfast faith, strain, stripe, style, suasion, subtle influence, suggestion, supremacy, sway, sweet talk, the like of, the likes of, tribe, type, unshaken confidence, upper hand, variety, version, view, weight, wheedling, whip hand, working on




N motive, springs of action, wellsprings of action, reason, ground, call, principle, by end, by purpose, mainspring, primum mobile, keystone, the why and the wherefore, pro and con, reason why, secret motive, arriere pensee, intention, inducement, consideration, attraction, loadstone, magnet, magnetism, magnetic force, allectation, allective, temptation, enticement, agacerie, allurement, witchery, bewitchment, bewitchery, charm, spell, fascination, blandishment, cajolery, seduction, seducement, honeyed words, voice of the tempter, song of the Sirens forbidden fruit, golden apple, persuasibility, persuasibleness, attractability, impressibility, susceptibility, softness, persuasiveness, attractiveness, tantalization, influence, prompting, dictate, instance, impulse, impulsion, incitement, incitation, press, instigation, provocation, inspiration, persuasion, suasion, encouragement, advocacy, exhortation, advice, solicitation, lobbyism, pull, incentive, stimulus, spur, fillip, whip, goad, ankus, rowel, provocative, whet, dram, bribe, lure, decoy, decoy duck, bait, trail of a red herring, bribery and corruption, sop, sop for Cerberus, prompter, tempter, seducer, seductor, instigator, firebrand, incendiary, Siren, Circe, agent provocateur, lobbyist, impulsive, motive, suasive, suasory, persuasive, persuasory, hortative, hortatory, protreptical, inviting, tempting suasive, suasory, seductive, attractive, fascinating, provocative, induced, disposed, persuadable, spellbound, instinct with, smitten with, infatuated, inspired, by, because, therefore, from this motive, from that motive, for this reason, for that reason, for, by reason of, for the sake of, count of, out of, from, as, forasmuch as, for all the world, on principle, fax mentis incendium gloriae, temptation hath a music for all ears, to beguile many and be beguiled by one.


N belief, credence, credit, assurance, faith, trust, troth, confidence, presumption, sanguine expectation, dependence on, reliance on, persuasion, conviction, convincement, plerophory, self- conviction, certainty, opinion, mind, view, conception, thinking, impression, surmise, conclusion, tenet, dogma, principle, way of thinking, popular belief, firm belief, implicit belief, settled belief, fixed rooted deep- rooted belief, staunch belief, unshaken belief, steadfast belief, inveterate belief, calm belief, sober belief, dispassionate belief, impartial belief, well-founded belief, firm opinion, implicit opinion, settled opinion, fixed rooted deep-rooted opinion, staunch opinion, unshaken opinion, steadfast opinion, inveterate opinion, calm opinion, sober opinion, dispassionate opinion, impartial opinion, well-founded opinion, uberrima fides, system of opinions, school, doctrine, articles, canons, article of faith, declaration of faith, profession of faith, tenets, credenda, creed, thirty-nine articles, catechism, assent, propaganda, credibility, believing, certain, sure, assured, positive, cocksure, satisfied, confident, unhesitating, convinced, secure, under the impression, impressed with, imbued with, penetrated with, confiding, suspectless, unsuspecting, unsuspicious, void of suspicion, credulous, wedded to, believed, accredited, putative, unsuspected, worthy of, deserving of, commanding belief, credible, reliable, trustworthy, to be depended on, satisfactory, probably, fiducial, fiduciary, persuasive, impressive, relating to belief, doctrinal, in the opinion of, in the eyes of, me judice, meseems, methinks, to the best of one's belief, I dare say, I doubt not, I have no doubt, I am sure, sure enough, depend upon, rely upon it, be assured, rest assured, I'll warrant you, experto crede, fata viam invenient, Justitiae soror incorrupta Fides, live to explain thy doctrine by thy life, stands not within the prospect of belief, tarde quae credita laedunt credimus, vide et crede.


N teaching, instruction, edification, education, tuition, tutorage, tutelage, direction, guidance, opsimathy, qualification, preparation, training, schooling, discipline, excitation, drill, practice, book exercise, persuasion, proselytism, propagandism, propaganda, indoctrination, inculcation, inoculation, advise, explanation, lesson, lecture, sermon, apologue, parable, discourse, prolection, preachment, chalk talk, Chautauqua, exercise, task, curriculum, course, course of study, grammar, three R's, initiation, A, B, C, elementary education, primary education, secondary education, technical education, college education, collegiate education, military education, university education, liberal education, classical education, religious education, denominational education, moral education, secular education, propaedeutics, moral tuition, gymnastics, calisthenics, physical drill, physical education, sloyd, phonics, rote, rote memorization, brute memory, cooperative learning, Montessori method, ungraded classes, test, examination, exam, final exam, mid-term exam grade, score, marks, A, B, C, D, E, F, gentleman's C, pass, fail, incomplete, homework, take-home lesson, exercise for the student, theme, project, teaching, taught, educational, scholastic, academic, doctrinal, disciplinal, instructive, instructional, didactic, propaedeutic, propaedeutical, the schoolmaster abroad, a bovi majori disscit arare minor, adeo in teneris consuecere multum est, docendo discimus, quaenocent docent, qui docet discit, sermons in stones and good in everything.

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