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[per-swey-zhuh n]
  1. the act of persuading or seeking to persuade.
  2. the power of persuading; persuasive force.
  3. the state or fact of being persuaded or convinced.
  4. a deep conviction or belief.
  5. a form or system of belief, especially religious belief: the Quaker persuasion.
  6. a sect, group, or faction holding or advocating a particular belief, idea, ideology, etc.: Several of the people present are of the socialist persuasion.
  7. Facetious. kind or sort.
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Origin of persuasion

1350–1400; late Middle English < Latin persuāsiōn- (stem of persuāsiō; see per-, suasion); replacing Middle English persuacioun < Middle French persuacion < Latin, as above
Related formspre·per·sua·sion, nounself-per·sua·sion, noun

Synonym study

1. See advice.
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Examples from the Web for self-persuasion

Historical Examples

  • Let me acknowledge that there was much need of self-persuasion to arrive at this conclusion.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. 327


  • He caught no cold, and therefore has done more to-day, with great delight and self-persuasion of improvement.

  • The hope flickered; only the momentary necessity for self-persuasion kept it alive.

    Special Messenger

    Robert W. Chambers

British Dictionary definitions for self-persuasion


  1. the act of persuading or of trying to persuade
  2. the power to persuade
  3. the state of being persuaded; strong belief
  4. an established creed or belief, esp a religious one
  5. a sect, party, or faction
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Word Origin

C14: from Latin persuāsiō; see persuade
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Word Origin and History for self-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.

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