- the act of persuading or seeking to persuade.
- the power of persuading; persuasive force.
- the state or fact of being persuaded or convinced.
- a deep conviction or belief.
- a form or system of belief, especially religious belief: the Quaker persuasion.
- a sect, group, or faction holding or advocating a particular belief, idea, ideology, etc.: Several of the people present are of the socialist persuasion.
- Facetious. kind or sort.
Origin of persuasion
Related Wordsseduction, creed, bias, prejudice, denomination, sell, pull, conversion, potency, force, power, cogency, brainwashing, persuasiveness, exhortation, hook, alignment, enticement, blandishment, squeeze
Examples from the Web for persuasion
But Hollande was “insistent,” she writes, and “his strength of persuasion was nuclear.”Hell Hath No Fury Like Valerie Trierweiler, the French President’s Ex
November 28, 2014
Further, creating models for persuasion is “incredibly hard.”Did a Flawed Computer Model Sabotage the Democrats?
November 10, 2014
My mom stands there, unimpressed by my attempt at persuasion.Growing Up with Bart Simpson
August 31, 2014
You might be surprised to hear that hidden in Tampa, Florida is a food oasis of the Cuban persuasion.Eat Your Way Through Tampa’s Cuban Oasis
July 10, 2014
Yes, budgets may be statements of priorities, but in and of themselves they are not statements of persuasion.Even Republicans Don’t Like the Ryan Budget
April 8, 2014
After some persuasion the mother consented, and in a little while the house was quiet.Weighed and Wanting
No art or persuasion could make him speak; he kept his fingers on his lips.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
No warning or persuasion, however, had any effect on his companions.Tanglewood Tales
Miss Brewster insisted that Wentworth should light his cigar, which, after some persuasion, he did.A Woman Intervenes
Be not hard to her, for she will be more easily moved by persuasion than by force.The Truth About Woman
C. Gasquoine Hartley
- the act of persuading or of trying to persuade
- the power to persuade
- the state of being persuaded; strong belief
- an established creed or belief, esp a religious one
- a sect, party, or faction
Word Origin and History for persuasion
late 14c., "action of inducing (someone) to believe (something); argument to persuade, inducement," from Old French persuasion (14c.) and directly from Latin persuasionem (nominative persuasio) "a convincing, persuading," noun of action from past participle stem of persuadere "persuade, convince," from per- "thoroughly, strongly" (see per) + suadere "to urge, persuade," from PIE *swad- "sweet, pleasant" (see sweet (adj.)). Meaning "religious belief, creed" is from 1620s.