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persuader

[per-swey-der]
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noun
  1. a person or thing that persuades: The cool lake was a most enticing persuader for those who liked to swim.
  2. Slang.
    1. (in underworld use) a gun, blackjack, or other weapon.
    2. something that persuades, as by coercing or threatening: Sometimes the teacher used a hickory persuader to get our attention.

Origin of persuader

First recorded in 1530–40; persuade + -er1
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Examples from the Web for persuader

Historical Examples

  • My forty-five colt which I proceeded to reload, acting as a persuader.

    The Life and Adventures of Nat Love

    Nat Love

  • The old "persuader" did her work as effectually as at Dominica.

    There She Blows!

    William Hussey Macy

  • The persuader teaches the persuaded that their interest coincide.

    Analyzing Character

    Katherine M. H. Blackford and Arthur Newcomb

  • The persuader is a short, heavy bludgeon with a nail-studded head.

  • It broke my hold, and I staggered back groping for the persuader.