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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Convince  \Con*vince"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Convinced};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Convincing}.]  [L.  convincere,  -victum,  to  refute, 
  prove;  con-  +  vincere  to  conquer.  See  {Victor},  and  cf 
  {Convict}.] 
  1.  To  overpower;  to  overcome;  to  subdue  or  master.  [Obs.] 
 
  His  two  chamberlains  Will  I  with  wine  and  wassail  so 
  convince  That  memory,  the  warder  of  the  brain,  Shall 
  be  a  fume.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  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  --Atterbury. 
 
  3.  To  confute;  to  prove  the  fallacy  of  [Obs.] 
 
  God  never  wrought  miracle  to  convince  atheism, 
  because  his  ordinary  works  convince  it  --Bacon. 
 
  4.  To  prove  guilty;  to  convict.  [Obs.] 
 
  Which  of  you  convinceth  me  of  sin?  --John  viii. 
  46. 
 
  Seek  not  to  convince  me  of  a  crime  Which  I  can  ne'er 
  repent,  nor  you  can  pardon.  --Dryden. 
 
  Syn:  To  persuade;  satisfy;  convict. 
 
  Usage:  To  {Convince},  {persuade}.  To  convince  is  an  act  of 
  the  understanding;  to  persuade,  of  the  will  or 
  feelings.  The  one  is  effected  by  argument,  the  other 
  by  motives.  There  are  cases,  however,  in  which 
  persuade  may  seem  to  be  used  in  reference  only  to  the 
  assent  of  the  understanding;  as  when  we  say  I  am 
  persuaded  it  is  so  I  can  not  persuade  myself  of  the 
  fact  But  in  such  instances  there  is  usually  or  always 
  a  degree  of  awakened  feeling  which  has  had  its  share 
  in  producing  the  assent  of  the  understanding. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  convincing 
  adj  1:  causing  one  to  believe  the  truth  of  something  "a  convincing 
  story";  "a  convincing  manner"  [ant:  {unconvincing}] 
  2:  capable  of  convincing  or  persuading;  "a  convincing  argument" 
  n  :  a  successful  persuasion 




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