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persuasion

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of persuasion

  1. 1 the act of reasoning or pleading with someone to accept a belief or course of action the suffragists' gradual persuasion of the American people that voting rights had to be extended to women Synonyms of persuasion conversion, convincing, inducement, inducing, persuading, suasion Words Related to persuasion blandishment, cajolement, cajolery, coaxing, entreaty, exhortation, urging, wheedling; seduction, tempting; influencing, prompting, swaying; lobbying, pressuring; brainwashing, overpersuasion

  2. 2 a body of beliefs and practices regarding the supernatural and the worship of one or more deities debating theology with someone of a different persuasion Synonyms of persuasion credo, creed, cult, faith, religionWords Related to persuasion church, communion, denomination, sect; doctrine, dogma, theology; deism, heathenism, monotheism, paganism, pantheism, polytheism, theismNear Antonyms of persuasion agnosticism, know-nothingism; atheism, godlessness, nonbelief, secularism, unbelief

  3. 3 an idea that is believed to be true or valid without positive knowledge he's of the persuasion that everything that happens in this world is part of a divine plan Synonyms of persuasion belief, conviction, eye, feeling, judgment (or judgement), mind, notion, opinion, sentiment, verdict, viewWords Related to persuasion say; impression, perception, take; attitude; assumption, presumption, presupposition; conclusion, decision, determination; deliverance, esteem, estimate, estimation; credence, credit, faith; concept, conception, idea, thought; position, stance, stand; comment, obiter dictum, observation, reflection, remark; conjecture, guess, hunch, hypothesis, surmise, theory; advice, input, recommendation, suggestion; angle, outlook, perspective, shoes, slant, standpoint, viewpoint; counterviewNear Antonyms of persuasion fact, truth

  4. 4 the capacity to persuade there was an inherent persuasion in his sonorous voice that made listeners put aside any misgivings about his message Synonyms of persuasion authority, conclusiveness, convincingness, effectiveness, force, forcefulness, cogency, persuasiveness, suasivenessWords Related to persuasion impact, might, power, punch, strength, weight; believability, credibility, soundness, validity; authoritativeness, definitiveness; influence, sway; appeal, seductivenessNear Antonyms of persuasion invalidity, shakiness, unsoundness; feebleness, powerlessness, weaknessAntonyms of persuasion inconclusiveness, ineffectiveness, ineffectuality, ineffectualness

Synonym Discussion of persuasion

opinion, view, belief, conviction, persuasion, sentiment mean a judgment one holds as true. opinion implies a conclusion thought out yet open to dispute.
    • each expert seemed to have a different opinion
view suggests a subjective opinion.
    • very assertive in stating his views
belief implies often deliberate acceptance and intellectual assent.
    • a firm belief in her party's platform
conviction applies to a firmly and seriously held belief.
    • the conviction that animal life is as sacred as human
persuasion suggests a belief grounded on assurance (as by evidence) of its truth.
    • was of the persuasion that everything changes
sentiment suggests a settled opinion reflective of one's feelings.
    • her feminist sentiments are well-known


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