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Prepossess

verb
(past & past part. prepossessed; pres. part. prepossessing)
1.
Possess beforehand.
2.
Cause to be preoccupied.
3.
Make a positive impression (on someone) beforehand.
4.
Influence (somebody's) opinion in advance.  Synonym: prejudice.



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"Prepossess" Quotes from Famous Books



... PREJUDICE—PREPOSSESS. Both these words mean, to incline in one direction or the other for some reason not founded in justice; but by common consent prejudice has come to be used in an unfavorable sense, and prepossess in a favorable one. Thus, we say, "He is prejudiced against ...
— The Verbalist • Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)

... widower, and childless, in 1868. M. de Boiscoran was at this moment about twenty-six or twenty-seven years old, dark complexion, tall, strong, well made, not exactly a handsome man, but having, what was worth more, one of those frank, intelligent faces which prepossess one ...
— Within an Inch of His Life • Emile Gaboriau



Words linked to "Prepossess" :   act upon, impress, possess, work, bias, predetermine, influence, have, preoccupy, own



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