Definition of persuasion in English:


Line breaks: per|sua¦sion
Pronunciation: /pəˈsweɪʒ(ə)n


  • 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.
    belief, opinion, conviction, faith, certainty, certitude, view
  • 2.1A group or sect holding a particular religious belief: the village had two chapels for those of the Primitive 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.
    group, grouping, sect, denomination, party, camp, side, faction, religion, cult, affiliation, school of thought, belief, creed, credo, faith, philosophy
  • 2.2 humorous Sort, kind, or nature: half a dozen gents of British persuasion
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    • Many people of a bohemian persuasion passed through her living room, from artists to drug addicts, not that those classifications were mutually exclusive.


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

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