[syn: charm, influence, tempt]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Influence \In"flu*ence\ ([i^]n"fl[-u]*ens), n. [F. influence,
fr. L. influens, -entis, p. pr. See Influent, and cf.
1. A flowing in or upon; influx. [Obs.]
God hath his influence into the very essence of all
2. Hence, in general, the bringing about of an effect,
physical or moral, by a gradual process; controlling power
quietly exerted; agency, force, or tendency of any kind
which affects, modifies, or sways; as, the influence which
the sun exerts on animal and vegetable life; the influence
of education on the mind; the influence, according to
astrologers, of the stars over affairs.
Astrologers call the evil influences of the stars,
evil aspects. --Bacon.
Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or
loose the bands of Orion? --Job xxxviii.
She said : "Ah, dearest lord! what evil star
On you hath frown'd, and poured, his influence bad?"
3. Power or authority arising from elevated station,
excelence of character or intellect, wealth, etc.;
reputation; acknowledged ascendency; as, he is a man of
influence in the community.
Such influence hath your excellency. --Sir P.
4. (Elec.) Induction.
Syn: Control; persuasion; ascendency; sway; power; authority;
supremacy; mastery; management; restraint; character;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Influence \In"flu*ence\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Influenced
([i^]n"fl[-u]*enst); p. pr. & vb. n. Influencing
To control or move by power, physical or moral; to affect by
gentle action; to exert an influence upon; to modify, bias,
or sway; to affect; to move; to persuade; to induce.
These experiments succeed after the same manner in
vacuo as in the open air, and therefore are not
influenced by the weight or pressure of the atmosphere.
This standing revelation . . . is sufficient to
influence their faith and practice, if they attend.
The principle which influenced their obedience has lost
its efficacy. --Rogers.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a power to affect persons or events especially power based
on prestige etc; "used her parents' influence to get the
2: causing something without any direct or apparent effort
3: a cognitive factor that tends to have an effect on what you
do; "her wishes had a great influence on his thinking"
4: the effect of one thing (or person) on another; "the
influence of mechanical action"
5: one having power to influence another; "she was the most
important influence in my life"; "he was a bad influence on
v 1: have and exert influence or effect; "The artist's work
influenced the young painter"; "She worked on her friends
to support the political candidate" [syn: influence, act
2: shape or influence; give direction to; "experience often
determines ability"; "mold public opinion" [syn: determine,
shape, mold, influence, regulate]
3: induce into action by using one's charm; "She charmed him
into giving her all his money" [syn: charm, influence,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
250 Moby Thesaurus words for "influence":
Rasputin, Svengali, VIP, access, acme, act on, act upon, actuation,
advance, affect, alter, amperage, animation, armipotence,
ascendancy, authority, authorization, bad influence,
be-all and end-all, beef, behind-the-scenes influence, bend, bias,
big wheel, black power, blue ribbon, bring, brute force, carry,
championship, change, charge, charisma, clout, cogence, cogency,
color, command, compulsion, concentrate on, conduce to,
connections, consequence, contribute to, control, court, credit,
decide, determine, devices, dint, direction, directorship, dispose,
distort, dominance, domination, dominion, drag, drive, duress,
effect, effectiveness, effectuality, eminence, eminence grise,
energy, engage, enlist, expedients, favor, favoritism, first place,
first prize, five-percenter, flower power, focus on, force,
force majeure, forcefulness, forward, friend at court, full blast,
full force, get, get to do, good influence, gray eminence,
greatness, headship, heavyweight, hegemony, height, hidden hand,
highest, hold, impact, imperium, importance, impress, impress upon,
in, incline, induce, influence peddler, influencer,
influentialness, ingroup, inner-direction, inspire, interest in,
jaundice, jurisdiction, key, kingmaker, kingship, lead, lead to,
leadership, leverage, lobby, lobbyist, lords of creation, lordship,
lure, machination, main force, main strength, man of influence,
mana, management, maneuvering, maneuvers, manipulate, manipulation,
manipulator, mastership, mastery, maximum, might, might and main,
mightiness, modify, moment, most, motivate, motivation, move,
moving, moxie, muscle power, ne plus ultra, new high, open sesame,
operate on, other-direction, palms, paramountcy, persuade, pizzazz,
political influence, poop, potence, potency, potentiality, power,
power pack, power structure, power struggle, powerfulness,
powers that be, precedence, predispose, predominance, prejudice,
prejudice against, prejudice the issue, prepossess, prepotency,
presidency, pressure, pressure group, prestige, primacy, priority,
procure, productiveness, productivity, prominence, prompt,
prompting, puissance, pull, punch, push, rank, record, redound to,
rule, say, seniority, sinew, sinister influence, soften up,
sovereignty, special interests, special-interest group, stature,
steam, stimulation, strength, strike, strong arm, subserve,
superiority, superpower, supremacy, sway, tactical maneuvers,
tactics, tempt, the Establishment, tinge, tone, top spot, touch,
treat, turn the scale, twist, validity, vehemence,
very important person, vigor, vim, virility, virtue, virulence,
vitality, warp, wattage, wear down, weigh with, weight,
weightiness, wheeler-dealer, wire-puller, wire-pulling, work,
work on, zenith
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
INFLUENCE. Authority, credit, ascendance.
2. Influence is proper or improper. Proper influence is that which one
person gains over another by acts of kindness and, attention, and by correct
conduct. 3 Serg. & Rawle, 269. Improper influence is that dominion acquired
by any person over a mind of sanity for general purposes, and of sufficient
soundness and discretion to regulate his affairs in general, which prevents
the exercise of his discretion, and destroys his free will. 1 Cox's Cas.
355. When the former is used to induce a testator to make a will, it will
not vitiate it; but when the latter is the moving cause, the will cannot
stand. 1 Hagg. R. 581; 2 Hagg. 142; 5 Serg. & Rawle, 207; 13 Serg. & Rawle,
323; 4 Greenl. R. 220; 1 Paige, R. 171; 1 Dow. & Cl. 440; 1 Speers, 93.
3. A contract to use a party's influence to induce a person in
authority to exercise his power in a particular way, is void, as being
against public policy. 5 Watts & Serg. 315; 5 Penn. St. Rep. 452; 7 Watts,
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):
INFLUENCE, n. In politics, a visionary _quo_ given in exchange for a