Let's Compare Manipulation and Persuasion


*Crowd manipulation

manipulation n 1: exerting shrewd or devious influence especially for one's own advantage; "his manipulation of his friends was scandalous" [syn: {use}] 2: the action of touching with the hands or the skillful use of the hands [syn: {handling}]

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Manipulation \Ma*nip`u*la"tion\, n. [Cf. F. manipulation.] 1. The act or process of manipulating, or the state of being manipulated; the act of handling work by hand; use of the hands, in an artistic or skillful manner, in science or art. [1913 Webster] Manipulation is to the chemist like the external senses to the mind. --Whewell. [1913 Webster] 2. The use of the hands in mesmeric operations. [1913 Webster] 3. Artful management; as, the manipulation of political bodies; sometimes, a management or treatment for purposes of deception or fraud. [1913 Webster]


Persuasion is the influence of beliefs, attitudes, intentions, motivations, or behaviors.

persuasion n 1: the act of persuading (or attempting to persuade); communication intended to induce belief or action [syn: {suasion}] 2: a personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty; "my opinion differs from yours"; "what are your thoughts on Haiti?" [syn: {opinion}, {sentiment}, {view}, {thought}] 3: inducement to act by argument or reasoning or entreaty [ant: {dissuasion}]

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Persuasion \Per*sua"sion\, n. [L. persuasio; Cf. F. persuasion.] 1. The act of persuading; the act of influencing the mind by arguments or reasons offered, or by anything that moves the mind or passions, or inclines the will to a determination. [1913 Webster] For thou hast all the arts of fine persuasion. --Otway. [1913 Webster] 2. The state of being persuaded or convinced; settled opinion or conviction, which has been induced. [1913 Webster] If the general persuasion of all men does so account it. --Hooker. [1913 Webster] My firm persuasion is, at least sometimes, That Heaven will weigh man's virtues and his crimes With nice attention. --Cowper. [1913 Webster] 3. A creed or belief; a sect or party adhering to a certain creed or system of opinions; as, of the same persuasion; all persuasions are agreed. [1913 Webster] Of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political. --Jefferson. [1913 Webster] 4. The power or quality of persuading; persuasiveness. [1913 Webster] Is 't possible that my deserts to you Can lack persuasion? --Shak. [1913 Webster] 5. That which persuades; a persuasive. [R.] [1913 Webster] Syn: See {Conviction}. [1913 Webster]

Data Sources:

  • manipulation: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • manipulation: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • manipulation: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • persuasion: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • persuasion: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • persuasion: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44

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