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Persuasion, 1) the act or art of influencing the mind of another by arguments: “he's a spirit of p.” Tp. II, 1, 235. “with what p. did he tempt thy love?” Err. IV, 2, 13. Ado V, 4, 95. Tw. III, 4, 383. H4A I, 2, 170. III, 1, 199. V, 2, 79. H6A III, 3, 18. H8 V, 1, 148. Troil. III, 2, 171. With a subjective genitive: “I will not die to-day for any man's p.” Meas. IV, 3, 63. “it should not be, by the p. of his new feasting,” Tim. III, 6, 8 (as his new feasting induces us to believe). “the p. of his augurers,” Caes. II, 1, 200. With a possessive pronoun in a subjective sense: “cross him with their opposite p.” Lucr. 286. “where you may temper her by your p.” Gent. III, 2, 64. Meas. IV, 2, 205. Shr. V, 2, 120. John V, 5, 11.
2) opinion, belief: “whose p. is I come about my brother,” Meas. IV, 1, 47. “a good p.” Mids. I, 1, 156. “you are a great deal abused in too bold a p.” Cymb. I, 4, 125.
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