Roget category 6155. Words relating to the voluntary powers
› 5.1. Volition in general
›› 5.1.2. Causes of volition
springs of action,
wellsprings of action.
reason, ground, call, principle — by end, by purpose — mainspring, primum mobile [Lat.], keystone — the why and the wherefore — pro and con, reason why — secret motive, arriere pensee [Fr.] — intention etc. 620.
inducement, consideration — attraction — loadstone — magnet, magnetism, magnetic force — allectation†, allective† — temptation, enticement, agacerie†, allurement, witchery — bewitchment, bewitchery — charm — spell etc. 993 — fascination, blandishment, cajolery — seduction, seducement — honeyed words, voice of the tempter, song of the Sirens forbidden fruit, golden apple.
persuasibility†, persuasibleness† — attractability† — impressibility, susceptibility — softness — persuasiveness, attractiveness — tantalization†.
influence, prompting, dictate, instance — impulse, impulsion — incitement, incitation — press, instigation — provocation etc. (excitation of feeling) 824 — inspiration — persuasion, suasion — encouragement, advocacy — exhortation — advice etc. 695 — solicitation etc. (request) 765 — lobbyism — pull [Slang].
incentive, stimulus, spur, fillip, whip, goad, ankus†, rowel, provocative, whet, dram.
bribe, lure — decoy, decoy duck — bait, trail of a red herring — bribery and corruption — sop, sop for Cerberus.
prompter, tempter — seducer, seductor† — instigator, firebrand, incendiary — Siren, Circe — agent provocateur — lobbyist.
draw on —
bring in its train,
give an impulse
put up to,
call up —
stimulate etc. (excite) 824 — spirit up, inspirit — rouse, arouse — animate, incite, foment, provoke, instigate, set on, actuate — act upon, work upon, operate upon — encourage — pat on the back, pat on the shoulder, clap on the back, clap on the shoulder.
influence, weigh with, bias, sway, incline, dispose, predispose, turn the scale, inoculate — lead by the nose — have influence with, have influence over, have influence upon, exercise influence with, exercise influence over, exercise influence upon — go round, come round one — turn the head, magnetize — lobby.
persuade — prevail with, prevail upon — overcome, carry — bring round to one's senses, bring to one's senses — draw over, win over, gain over, come over, talk over — procure, enlist, engage — invite, court.
tempt, seduce, overpersuade†, entice, allure, captivate, fascinate, bewitch, carry away, charm, conciliate, wheedle, coax, lure — inveigle — tantalize — cajole etc. (deceive) 545.
tamper with, bribe, suborn, grease the palm, bait with a silver hook, gild the pill, make things pleasant, put a sop into the pan, throw a sop to, bait the hook.
enforce, force — impel etc. (push) 276 — propel etc. 284 — whip, lash, goad, spur, prick, urge — egg on, hound, hurry on — drag etc. 285 — exhort — advise etc. 695 — call upon &c. — press etc. (request) 765 — advocate.
set an example, set the fashion — keep in countenance.
be persuaded &c. — yield to temptation, come round — concede etc. (consent) 762 — obey a call — follow advice, follow the bent, follow the dictates of — act on principle.
induced etc. v. — disposed — persuadable etc. (docile) 602 — spellbound — instinct with, smitten with, infatuated — inspired etc. v. — by.
from this motive,
from that motive —
for this reason,
for that reason —
by reason of,
for the sake of,
count of —
for all the world — on principle.
fax mentis incendium gloriae [Lat.] —
temptation hath a music for all ears"
to beguile many and be beguiled by one"
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