convince

Definitions

  • Frame 1: A man convinces an older woman to play the piano for him. Frame 2: The man kisses the hand of the girl that the older woman had been sitting with
    Frame 1: A man convinces an older woman to play the piano for him. Frame 2: The man kisses the hand of the girl that the older woman had been sitting with
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v convince make (someone) agree, understand, or realize the truth or validity of something "He had finally convinced several customers of the advantages of his product"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A banker trying to convince a man to invest in the 'El Fabuloso silver mine A banker trying to convince a man to invest in the 'El Fabuloso silver mine

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Although explorers brought potatoes back from the New World in the early 1500s, Europeans were afraid to eat them for fear that the spuds would give them leprosy. It wasn't until Louis XVI, who was looking for a cheap food source for his starving subjects, served them at the royal table that people were convinced potatoes were safe to eat.
    • Convince To confute; to prove the fallacy of. "God never wrought miracle to convince atheism, because his ordinary works convince it."
    • Convince To overcome by argument; to force to yield assent to truth; to satisfy by proof. "Such convincing proofs and assurances of it as might enable them to convince others."
    • Convince To overpower; to overcome; to subdue or master. "His two chamberlains
      Will I with wine and wassail so convince That memory, the warder of the brain,
      Shall be a fume."
    • Convince To prove guilty; to convict. "Which of you convinceth me of sin?""Seek not to convince me of a crime
      Which I can ne'er repent, nor you can pardon."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In South Dakota it is illegal to try to convince a pacifist to renounce his beliefs by threatening to arm-wrestle him.
    • convince To persuade or satisfy by argument or evidence; cause to believe in the truth of what is alleged; gain the credence of: as, to convince a man of his errors, or to convince him of the truth.
    • convince To evince; demonstrate; prove.
    • convince To refute; show to be wrong.
    • convince To overpower; conquer; vanquish.
    • convince To convict; prove or find guilty.
    • convince Synonyms Convince, Persuade. To convince a person is to satisfy his understanding as to the truth of a certain statement; to persuade him is, by derivation, to affect his will by motives; but it has long been used also for convince, as in Luke xx. 6, “they be persuaded that John was a prophet.” There is a marked tendency now to confine persuade to its own distinctive meaning.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Studies have proven that it's harder to tell a convincing lie to someone you find sexually attractive.
    • v.t Convince kon-vins′ to subdue the mind by evidence: to satisfy as to truth or error:
    • v.t Convince kon-vins′ (B.) to convict: to refute
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Quotations

  • Muhammad Ali
    Muhammad%20Ali
    “I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    Benjamin%20Franklin
    “Singularity in the right hath ruined many; happy those who are convinced of the general opinion.”
  • Lord Byron
    Lord%20Byron
    “Oh! too convincing -- dangerously dear -- In woman's eye the unanswerable tear!”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Convince a man of what he wants, and he'll move heaven and earth to get it.”
  • Aristotle
    Aristotle
    “All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth.”
  • Josh Billings
    Josh%20Billings
    “The best way to convince a fool that he is wrong is to let him have his way.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. convincere, -victum, to refute, prove; con-, + vincere, to conquer. See Victor, and cf. Convict
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. convincĕre, con, sig. completeness, and vincĕre, victum, to conquer.

Usage

In literature:

She will convince all who come into her presence; and then, have not her 'controls' chosen me to publish their discoveries to the world?
"The Tyranny of the Dark" by Hamlin Garland
I am convinced that he knew a great deal more about music than she did and appreciated it more.
"Gossamer" by George A. Birmingham
He was eventually acquitted by a majority of 233 against 172; but the country was convinced of his guilt.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
Pitt's reply, however, convinced all those whose minds were open to conviction.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
I told her that remained to be seen; but I would some day convince her differently, and show her how to make money fast.
"Twenty Years of Hus'ling" by J. P. Johnston
Tom Ross, convinced that something was a fact, was preparing to meet it.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler
He had to be convinced first of his duty and indebtedness to the friend whom fate had made cross his path.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
I am sure I could convince you that he's right!
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
A little reflection convinced me of this, and at the same time helped me to resolve upon a better plan.
"The Boy Tar" by Mayne Reid
Also, she was convinced that compared to Deveny, Rogers, and Lawson, he was a gentleman.
"'Drag' Harlan" by Charles Alden Seltzer
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In poetry:

I know not how the Spirit moves,
Convincing us of sin,
Revealing Jesus through the Word,
Creating faith in Him.
"I Know Whom I Have Believed" by Daniel Webster Moody
Nay, pay no heed to Telephus,—
Your friends agree he doesn't love you;
The way he flirts convinces us
He really is not worthy of you!
"Horace To Phyllis" by Eugene Field
Till, slowly, all around grew clear,
And once again the light of day
Convinced me that I still was here,
Though all my dreams had passed away.
"Dreamland" by John Lawson Stoddard
Aw hooap to live till old an gray,
An when th' time comes to goa away,
Aw feel convinced some place ther'll be,
Just fit for sich a chap as me.
"Fairly Weel-off" by John Hartley
Thou battl'd not 'gainst hosts of hell,
With words alone, convincing, warm;
Thy deeds were like the fatal shell,
That bursts amid the battle's storm.
"Lines In Memory Of The Late Ven. Archdeacon Elwood, A. M." by Thomas Frederick Young
Poor lad! convinced he thus would win her,
He wore out many pairs of soles;
He danced when taking down the dinner -
He danced when bringing up the coals.
"Little Oliver" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

Hours of sometimes graphic testimony were enough to convince a judge that Fresno resident Jovannee Reynolds should stand trial for killing her foster daughter.
What would be convincing evidence that such an event had taken place in our world.
For owner Kwi Kwon Jang, the toughest part of his job is convincing people that sushi does not mean raw fish.
Speaking to the pervasive market anxiety, many saw this as the first ominous sign of impending doom, while others (perhaps more convincingly) credited Frieze 's notoriously exclusive VIP list.
Less than 24 hours stand between the writing of this post and the Iowa Republican caucuses, and I'm convinced I could make a run in 2016 for the Republican nomination.
More than a hundred specialty crops producers and their organizations have signed on to an effort to convince Congress not to change the IR-4 program.
WASHINGTON — The media have gone to great lengths to convince us that Occupy Wall Street protesters are just like the rest of us.
The media have gone to great lengths to convince us that Occupy Wall Street protesters are just like the rest of us.
Galleon trader's undercover act wasn't convincing.
Brittlyn Stable's Gantry struck the front in midstretch and drew off to a convincing five-length victory in Saturday's Grade 2, $400,000 Smile Sprint Handicap at Calder.
Nicknamed for the enigmatic actress Greta Garbo , Garcia's own performance was so convincing he fooled Hitler himself.
He implies his Bible is a work of science, and it has convinced him that dinosaurs and men lived at the same time.
We managed to convince Free Beer not to c-block us this time and checked out the whole list.
Gila County this week gave the Rim Country Educational Alliance $12,500 to help pay for studies necessary to convince the US Forest Service to sell 260 acres for a university campus.
This morning the Internet was convinced Ke$ha had written a fierce letter to Lady Gaga about wearing fur.
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In science:

The result of their fit is shown in Figure 3 (their Figure 5) which is far from convincing.
A Note on the Intermediate Region in Turbulent Boundary Layers
At larger |t| we found no convincing evidence for crossover behaviour towards the classical exponent.
Crossover from classical to random-field critical exponents in As-doped TbVO4
This outcome is a convincing support for the claims previously made.
Random deaths in a computational model for age-structured populations
This had been suspected earlier from finiteT Monte Carlo simulations on sizes up to L = 16 but the results of Ref. are more convincing because they are on much larger systems.
Computer Science in Physics
Based on the present sample, there is no convincing evidence for evolution of molecular gas mass of the most CO luminous QSOs at any given redshift as a function of increasing redshift.
Molecular Gas in Infrared-Excess, Optically-Selected QSOs and the Connection with Infrared Luminous Galaxies
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