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Synonyms for sway

move from side to side


hold sway


Synonyms for sway

to move rhythmically back and forth suspended or as if suspended from above

to move back and forth or from side to side, as if about to fall

to have an impact on in a certain way

to exercise the authority of a sovereign

the power to produce an effect by indirect means

the act of exercising controlling power or the condition of being so controlled

Synonyms for sway

controlling influence

Related Words

pitching dangerously to one side

move back and forth or sideways

move or walk in a swinging or swaying manner

win approval or support for

cause to move back and forth


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Miller and Libby were old friends and, like Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and other members of the C-R-W cabal, are (or were) fellow neo-con members of the Council on Foreign Relations, the private organization that holds sway over U.
This will be popular where alternative history holds sway.
Romantic rural idyll holds sway, and Kurland's attunement to landscape persists.
While man holds sway over the earthly and natural order, it is woman who rules the spiritual.
The phrase swap meet evokes the image of an informal, outdoor shopping bazaar where price negotiation is the norm and cash holds sway over plastic.
McLaren's remarkable book tells us why we feel so upset about this divorce of sex from procreation, yet one cannot help but note that even in Europe and the United States, the powerful counter-discourse of the Roman Catholic church still holds sway at least as an ideal; and that thus most people do still accept as a "truth" that sex and procreation are inexorably linked
There have been substantial defections from this group to the Democrats in recent years, especially from the higher income brackets, where laissez-faire lifestyle politics holds sway.
The idea that we, as citizens of a democratic society, should pay into a common pool so that everyone benefits no longer holds sway.