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persuasion

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1 the act of reasoning or pleading with someone to accept a belief or course of action

  • the suffragistsʼ gradual persuasion of the American people that voting rights had to be extended to women
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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
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3 an idea that is believed to be true or valid without positive knowledge

  • heʼs of the persuasion that everything that happens in this world is part of a divine plan
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4 the capacity to persuade

  • there was an inherent persuasion in his sonorous voice that made listeners put aside any misgivings about his message
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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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