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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



... was full of very gaily-dressed ladies, much bejewelled, and many men whose looks did not prepossess me. When I had sat down, under cover of my grandmother, in a chair a little retired behind hers, I looked about me with some dread, and I was glad to recognize the friendly face of Sir Arthur Ardaragh, who came up to us with a cordial greeting. He did not look at all at home among the Dawsons' ...
— The Story of Bawn • Katharine Tynan

... exquisitely worked with colored grass and porcupine's quills. He willingly and fully ratified the treaty which had been made by his sons with the white strangers, whose appearance and manners seemed to prepossess him much in their favor; and after detaining them for some days in his lodge, and entertaining him with the greatest hospitality and kindness, he dismissed them with presents of native manufacture, in return for the European arms and ornaments which they had offered ...
— The Pilgrims of New England - A Tale Of The Early American Settlers • Mrs. J. B. Webb

... his voice, too musical to halloo to the dogs; his bravery in riding races for the gentlemen of the county, and his constancy in refusing bribes and temptation, have something affecting in their naivete and freshness, and prepossess one in favour of that handsome young hero. The rustic bloom of Fanny, and the delightful simplicity of Parson Adams are described with a friendliness which wins the reader of their story; we part with them with more regret ...
— Henry Esmond; The English Humourists; The Four Georges • William Makepeace Thackeray

... look only at one side of the shield; view with jaundiced eye, view through distorting spectacles; not see beyond one's nose; dare pondus fumo[Lat]; get the wrong sow by the ear &c. (blunder) 699. give a bias, give a twist; bias, warp, twist; prejudice, prepossess. Adj. misjudging &c. v.; ill-judging, wrong-headed; prejudiced &c. v.; jaundiced; shortsighted, purblind; partial, one-sided, superficial. narrow-minded, narrow-souled[obs3]; mean-spirited; confined, illiberal, intolerant, besotted, infatuated, fanatical, entete[Fr], positive, dogmatic, conceited; ...
— Roget's Thesaurus



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



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