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Persuasion: a discussion of synonyms 

Opinion, view, belief, conviction, persuasion, sentiment mean a judgment one holds as true. Opinion implies a conclusion thought out yet open to dispute <each expert seemed to have a different opinion>. View suggests a subjective opinion <very assertive in stating his views>. Belief implies often deliberate acceptance and intellectual assent <a firm belief in her party's platform>. Conviction applies to a firmly and seriously held belief <the conviction that animal life is as sacred as human>. Persuasion suggests a belief grounded on assurance (as by evidence) of its truth <was of the persuasion that everything changes>. Sentiment suggests a settled opinion reflective of one's feelings <her feminist sentiments are well-known>.

(from Merriam-Webster Dictionary)

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