educe


educe
educe, evoke, elicit, extract, extort mean to bring or draw out what is hidden, latent, or reserved.
Educe usually implies the development and outward manifestation of something potential or latent
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Gray, with the qualities of mind and soul of a genuine poet . . . could not fully educe and enjoy them— Arnold

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seem to be able to educe from common sense a more or less clear reply to the questions raised— Sidgwick

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Evoke basically suggests the voice or the words of a magician compelling spirits to leave the other world or the dead to arise From their graves
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evoke a demon

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evoked the ghost of his father

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In current use the term ordinarily implies the operation of a powerful agency that produces an effect instantly or that serves as a stimulus in arousing an emotion, a passion, or an interest
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the delight which growing flowers and blossoming trees evokeBinyon

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it is useless to obtrude moral ideas [upon children] at an age at which they can evoke no response— Russell

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all harmonies ... are latent in the complex mechanism of an organ, but a master's hand is necessary to evoke them— Lowes

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Elicit usually implies pains, trouble, or skill in drawing something forth or out; it often implies resistance either in the person or thing that is the object of effort
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elicit important information from a witness by cross-examination

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it is the trouble we take over our children that elicits the stronger forms of parental affection— Russell

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Extract implies the action of a force (as pressure or suction)
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extract the juice of an orange

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extract a tooth

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to extract all the dramatic value possible from the situation— T. S. Eliot

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he had not that faculty of extracting the essence from a heap of statements— Dickens

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to make the comparison at all was ... to return to it often, to brood upon it, to extract from it the last dregs of its interest— Henry James

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Extort implies a wringing or wresting especially from one who is reluctant or resisting
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extort money from one's relatives

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extort a promise

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she did at last extort from her father an acknowledgment that the horses were engaged— Austen

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whose income is ample enough to extort obsequiousness from the vulgar of all ranks— Bennett

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Analogous words: draw, drag (see PULL): produce, *bear, yield, turn out: *summon, call

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  • Educe — E*duce , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Educed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Educing}.] [L. educere; e out + ducere to lead. See {Duke}.] To bring or draw out; to cause to appear; to produce against counter agency or influence; to extract; to evolve; as, to educe a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • educe — I verb bring forth, bring out, bring to light, call forth, deduce, derive, discover, draw, draw forth, draw out, elicit, evoke, evolve, extract, extricate, ferret out, infer, lay open, make obvious, obtain, procure, pull, pull out, secuie, summon …   Law dictionary

  • educe — early 15c., in the literal sense, from L. educere to lead out, bring out (of troops, ships, etc.; see EDUCATE (Cf. educate)). Meaning to draw a conclusion from data is from 1837 …   Etymology dictionary

  • educe — [v] bring out, elicit come out, conclude, deduce, derive, develop, distill, drag, draw, draw out, evince, evoke, evolve, excogitate, extort, extract, gain, get, infer, milk*, obtain, procure, pull, reason, secure, think out, wrest, wring;… …   New thesaurus

  • educe — [ē do͞os′, ēdyo͞os′] vt. educed, educing [L educere: see EDUCATE] 1. to draw out; elicit 2. to infer from data; deduce SYN. EXTRACT educible adj. eduction [ē duk′shən] n …   English World dictionary

  • educe — transitive verb (educed; educing) Etymology: Latin educere to draw out, from e + ducere to lead more at tow Date: 1603 1. to bring out (as something latent) 2. deduce • educible adjective • eduction noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • educe — educible, adj. /i doohs , i dyoohs /, v.t., educed, educing. 1. to draw forth or bring out, as something potential or latent; elicit; develop. 2. to infer or deduce. [1400 50; late ME < L educere, equiv. to e E + ducere to lead] * * * …   Universalium

  • educe — verb a) To draw out or bring out; elicit or evoke b) To infer or deduce …   Wiktionary

  • educe — Synonyms and related words: arouse, bring forth, bring out, bring to light, call forth, call out, call up, deduce, derive, distill, drag, drag out, draw, draw forth, draw out, elicit, evince, evoke, evolve, excogitate, extort, extract, gain, get …   Moby Thesaurus

  • educe — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. draw forth, bring out, develop, elicit; deduce, infer, evoke. See extraction. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. evoke, elicit, extract; see obtain 1 . See Synonym Study at extract . III (Roget s 3… …   English dictionary for students


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