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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
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.
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.
Seek not to convince me of a crime
Which I can ne'er repent, nor you can pardon.
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.
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