Definition of persuasion in English:

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Pronunciation: /pərˈswāZHən/


1The action or fact of persuading someone or of being persuaded to do or believe something: Monica needed plenty of persuasion before she actually left
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  • They pay special attention to the way social responsibilities are fostered by informal communal processes of persuasion and peer pressure.
  • If this means that the professor is open to persuasion, I certainly hope to persuade him.
  • Some urged caution, apparently believing that this government is open to persuasion.
coaxing, persuading, coercion, inducement, convincing, blandishment, encouragement, urging, inveiglement, cajolery, enticement, wheedling
informal sweet-talking, arm-twisting
formal suasion
2A belief or set of beliefs, especially religious or political ones: writers of all political persuasions
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  • Whatever sexual, ethical, religious and political persuasions a person comes from, it can only be good to give all people a great welcome to Scotland.
  • Friends of mine are displaying the peace flags no matter what their religious inclinations or political persuasions.
  • Throughout his life, he gained and retained the friendship and respect of men of the most diverse political and religious persuasions.
2.1A group or sect holding a particular religious belief: the village had two chapels for those of the Methodist persuasion
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  • The temple is the most sacred site in Nepal, widely venerated by members of at least four major sectarian Buddhist persuasions, each with distinct ethnic and caste affiliations.
  • Israeli Jews will then have emancipated themselves at last, becoming citizens of Israel - of the Mosaic persuasion.
  • I am in the midst of a theological dilemma which, given my atheist persuasion, feels rather uncomfortable.
2.2 humorous Any group or type of person or thing linked by a specified characteristic, quality, or attribute: an ancient gas oven of the enamel persuasion
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  • Pictured on the poster was a collared clergyperson of the female persuasion.
  • In fact, over the years, trade unionists of different persuasions have criticised the Labour Court for reaching verdicts they believed too favourable to employers.
  • Taken together, adherents of these two scholarly persuasions constituted a powerful, ideologically driven interest group.


Late Middle English: from Latin persuasio(n-), from the verb persuadere (see persuade).

Words that rhyme with persuasion

abrasion, Australasian, equation, Eurasian, evasion, invasion, occasion, pervasion, suasion, Vespasian

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Syllabification: per·sua·sion

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