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sway

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of sway

  1. 1 the power to bring about a result on another under the sway of euphoria, she offered to take us all out to dinner in celebration of her new job Synonyms impact, influence, mark, repercussion, effectRelated Words authority, clout, prestige, pull, weight; command, domination, dominion, mastery; consequence, importance, significance; sovereignty (also sovranty), supremacyNear Antonyms helplessness, impotence, impotency, powerlessness, weakness

  2. 2 the power to direct the thinking or behavior of others usually indirectly outdated attitudes that still hold sway in some communities Synonyms authority, clout, credit, heft, in, juice [slang], leverage, pull, influence, weightRelated Words counterinfluence; command, dominance, dominion, mastery, predominance, reign, scepter, sovereignty (also sovranty), supremacy; consequence, eminence, importance, moment; impact, impress, impression, imprint, markNear Antonyms helplessness, impotence, impotency, powerlessness, weakness

  3. 3 the right or means to command or control others a time when Rome held sway over a vast empire that stretched from Britain to the Near East Synonyms arm, authority, clutch, command, control, death grip, dominion, grip, hold, mastery, reign, rein(s), powerRelated Words clout, influence, leverage, pull, voice, weight; jurisdiction; direction, management; dominance, imperium, predominance, sovereignty (also sovranty), supremacy; prerogative, privilege, right; eminence, importance, momentNear Antonyms helplessness, weaknessAntonyms impotence, impotency, powerlessness


sway

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of sway

  1. 1 to act upon (a person or a person's feelings) so as to cause a response how can you not be swayed by that precious kitten, meowing as if to say, “Please take me home with you?” Synonyms impact, impress, influence, move, reach, strike, affect, tell (on), touchRelated Words carry away, dazzle, enrapture, entrance, enthrall (or enthral), ravish, transport; bias, color; inspire, stir; engage, interest, involve, penetrate, pierce; afflict, agitate, bother, concern, discomfort, discompose, disquiet, distress, disturb, fluster, harass, harry, perturb, pester, plague, smite, strain, stress, trouble, try, upset, worry, wring; allure, attract, bewitch, captivate, charm, enchant, fascinateNear Antonyms bore, jade, pall, tire, weary; underwhelm

  2. 2 to make a series of unsteady side-to-side motions the way the ski lift was swaying in the wind made me nervous Synonyms careen, lurch, pitch, roll, seesaw, rock, toss, wobble (also wabble)Related Words blunder, buck, dodder, falter, flounder, halt, hitch, hobble, jerk, jolt, reel, shake, stagger, stumble, teeter, toddle, totter, tumble, vacillate, vibrate, waddle, waver, weave; oscillate, undulate, wag, waggle

  3. 3 archaic  to exercise authority or power over an epic novel set in the days when Rome swayed the Western world Synonyms boss, captain, command, control, preside (over), rule, govern [archaic]Related Words conduct, direct, head, lead; administer, manage, micromanage, oversee, regulate, superintend, supervise; dictate, dominate, domineer, lord (it over), master, oppress, reign (over), tyrannize; conquer, subdue, subjugate


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