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per·sua·sion

 (pər-swā′zhən)
n.
1. The act of persuading or the state of being persuaded: "The persuasion of a democracy to big changes is at best a slow process" (Harold J. Laski).
2. The ability or power to persuade: "Three foremost aids to persuasion which occur to me are humility, concentration, and gusto" (Marianne Moore).
3. A strongly held opinion; a conviction: "He had a strong persuasion that Likeman was wrong" (H.G. Wells).
4.
a. A body of religious beliefs; a religion: worshipers of various persuasions.
b. A party, faction, or group holding to a particular set of ideas or beliefs.
5. Informal Kind; sort: "the place where ... rockers of any gender or persuasion can become megastars" (Christopher John Farley).

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin persuāsiō, persuāsiōn-, from persuāsus, past participle of persuādēre, to persuade; see persuade.]

persuasion

(pəˈsweɪʒən)
n
1. the act of persuading or of trying to persuade
2. the power to persuade
3. the state of being persuaded; strong belief
4. an established creed or belief, esp a religious one
5. a sect, party, or faction
[C14: from Latin persuāsiō; see persuade]

per•sua•sion

(pərˈsweɪ ʒən)

n.
1. the act of persuading or seeking to persuade.
2. power to persuade; persuasive force.
3. the state or fact of being persuaded or convinced.
4. a deep conviction or belief.
5. a form or system of belief, esp. religious belief: the Quaker persuasion.
6. a sect, group, or faction.
7. kind; sort.
[1350–1400; Middle English persuacioun (< Anglo-French, Middle French) < Latin persuāsiō; see persuade, -tion]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.persuasion - the act of persuading (or attempting to persuade)persuasion - the act of persuading (or attempting to persuade); communication intended to induce belief or action
communicating, communication - the activity of communicating; the activity of conveying information; "they could not act without official communication from Moscow"
line - persuasive but insincere talk that is usually intended to deceive or impress; "`let me show you my etchings' is a rather worn line"; "he has a smooth line but I didn't fall for it"; "that salesman must have practiced his fast line of talk"
arm-twisting - persuasion by the use of direct personal pressure; "some gentle arm-twisting produced the desired result"; "no amount of arm-twisting will get me to agree"
canvassing, electioneering, bell ringing - persuasion of voters in a political campaign
exhortation, incitement - the act of exhorting; an earnest attempt at persuasion
proselytism - the practice of proselytizing
sloganeering - persuasion by means of empty slogans
prompting, suggestion - persuasion formulated as a suggestion
weapon, artillery - a means of persuading or arguing; "he used all his conversational weapons"
dissuasion - persuading not to do or believe something; talking someone out of a belief or an intended course of action
2.persuasion - a personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certaintypersuasion - a personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty; "my opinion differs from yours"; "I am not of your persuasion"; "what are your thoughts on Haiti?"
idea - a personal view; "he has an idea that we don't like him"
judgment, judgement, mind - an opinion formed by judging something; "he was reluctant to make his judgment known"; "she changed her mind"
belief - any cognitive content held as true
eyes - opinion or judgment; "in the eyes of the law"; "I was wrong in her eyes"
parti pris, preconceived idea, preconceived notion, preconceived opinion, preconception, prepossession - an opinion formed beforehand without adequate evidence; "he did not even try to confirm his preconceptions"
pole - one of two divergent or mutually exclusive opinions; "they are at opposite poles"; "they are poles apart"
political sympathies, politics - the opinion you hold with respect to political questions

persuasion

noun
1. urging, influencing, conversion, inducement, exhortation, wheedling, enticement, cajolery, blandishment, inveiglement It took all her powers of persuasion to induce them to stay.
2. belief, views, opinion, party, school, side, camp, faith, conviction, faction, cult, sect, creed, denomination, tenet, school of thought, credo, firm belief, certitude, fixed opinion people who are of a different political persuasion
Quotations
"By persuading others, we convince ourselves" [Junius Public Advertiser]

persuasion

noun
1. Something believed or accepted as true by a person:
2. A system of religious belief:
3. Those who accept and practice a particular religious belief:
4. Informal. A class that is defined by the common attribute or attributes possessed by all its members:
Translations
إقْناع
přesvědčování
overtalelse
meggyőzés
fortölur
presviedčanie
prepričevanje
ikna etme/edilmerazı etme/edilme

persuasion

[pəˈsweɪʒən] N
1. (= act) → persuasión f
his powers of persuasion were formidablesus dotes de persuasión or convicción eran extraordinarios
all he needs is a little gentle or friendly persuasion (lit, fig) → sólo hace falta aplicarle unas suaves técnicas de persuasión
I wouldn't need much persuasion to stop working nightscostaría poco convencerme de or para que dejara de trabajar por la noche
2. (= belief) (Rel) → creencia f (Pol) → ideología f
sport brings people of all races and persuasions togetherel deporte une a la gente de todas las razas y creencias
politicians of every persuasionpolíticos mpl de todas las ideologías
I'm not of that persuasionno soy de esa opinión, no es ésa mi opinión

persuasion

[pərˈsweɪʒən] n
(= urging) → persuasion f
You could, with a little persuasion, get some of these people to help → Avec un peu de persuasion, vous pourriez obtenir de ces personnes qu'elles vous aident.
(political)convictions fpl
people of all political persuasions → des gens de toutes convictions politiques
(religious)confession f
those who are not of the Roman Catholic persuasion → ceux qui ne sont pas de confession catholique

persuasion

n
(= persuading)Überredung f; advertising uses many subtle means of persuasiondie Werbung arbeitet mit vielen subtilen Überzeugungsmechanismen; her powers of persuasionihre Überredungskünste; she tried every possible means of persuasion to get him to agreesie setzte ihre ganze Überredungskunst ein, um seine Zustimmung zu erlangen; I don’t need much persuasion to stop workingman braucht mich nicht lange zu überreden, damit ich aufhöre zu arbeiten
(= persuasiveness)Überzeugungskraft f
(= belief)Überzeugung f; (= sect, denomination)Glaube m, → Glaubensrichtung f; I am not of that persuasion (= don’t believe that)davon bin ich nicht überzeugt; (= don’t belong to that sect)ich gehöre nicht diesem Glauben an; and others of that persuasionund andere, die dieser Überzeugung anhängen; to be of left-wing persuasion, to have left-wing persuasionslinke Ansichten haben

persuasion

[pəˈsweɪʒn] n
a. (persuading) → persuasione f
b. (creed) → convinzione f, credo

persuade

(pəˈsweid) verb
1. to make (someone) (not) do something, by arguing with him or advising him. We persuaded him (not) to go.
2. to make (someone) certain (that something is the case); to convince. We eventually persuaded him that we were serious.
perˈsuasion (-ʒən) noun
the act of persuading. He gave in to our persuasion and did what we wanted him to do.
perˈsuasive (-siv) adjective
able to persuade. He is a persuasive speaker; His arguments are persuasive.
perˈsuasively adverb
perˈsuasiveness noun

per·sua·sion

n. persuasión, técnica terapéutica que consiste en un acercamiento racional al paciente para orientarle en sus actuaciones.
References in classic literature ?
But as high spirits and the love of fun were the causes of these pranks, he always managed to save himself by frank confession, honorable atonement, or the irresistible power of persuasion which he possessed in perfection.
see, it's a brave man that weeps; how great the agony of the persuasion then
Her husband and children were her entire world, and in these she ruled more by entreaty and persuasion than by command or argument.
Each must hie to her own home; wend you we might do all these journeys in one so brief life as He hath appointed that created life, and thereto death likewise with help of Adam, who by sin done through persuasion of his helpmeet, she being wrought upon and bewrayed by the beguilements of the great enemy of man, that serpent hight Satan, aforetime consecrated and set apart unto that evil work by over- mastering spite and envy begotten in his heart through fell ambitions that did blight and mildew a nature erst so white and pure whenso it hove with the shining multitudes its brethren-born in glade and shade of that fair heaven wherein all such as native be to that rich estate and --"
to commit a sin by any persuasion or compulsion, promptly rip
Not unfrequently, through Emma's persuasion, he had some of the chosen and the best to dine with him: but evening parties were what he preferred; and, unless he fancied himself at any time unequal to company, there was scarcely an evening in the week in which Emma could not make up a cardtable for him.
She speedily comprehended all his merits; the persuasion of his regard for Elinor perhaps assisted her penetration; but she really felt assured of his worth: and even that quietness of manner, which militated against all her established ideas of what a young man's address ought to be, was no longer uninteresting when she knew his heart to be warm and his temper affectionate.
Persuasion distilled from his mildly-curling lips; and, shabby as he was, perennial flowers of courtesy bloomed all over him from head to foot.
Micawber's spirits were immediately lightened, I resisted all persuasion to forego it.
A shadowy conception of power that by much persuasion can be induced to refrain from inflicting harm, is the shape most easily taken by the sense of the Invisible in the minds of men who have always been pressed close by primitive wants, and to whom a life of hard toil has never been illuminated by any enthusiastic religious faith.
Next day, to make some return for his entertainment, he took upon him to divert me with some of those stories which the monks amuse simple people with, and told me of a devil that haunted a fountain, and used to make it his employment to plague the monks that came thither to fetch water, and continued his malice till he was converted by the founder of their order, who found him no very stubborn proselyte till they came to the point of circumcision; the devil was unhappily prepossessed with a strong aversion from being circumcised, which, however, by much persuasion, he at last agreed to, and afterwards taking a religious habit, died ten years after with great signs of sanctity.
Though this provision has been assailed, on different grounds, with no small degree of vehemence, I scruple not to declare my firm persuasion, that it is one of the best digested and most unexceptionable parts of the plan.