615. Motive.

615. Motive.NOUN. motive, springs of action, wellsprings of action.

reason, ground, call, principle; by end, by purpose; mainspring, primum mobile [Lat.] {“The primary motive power” }, keystone; the why and the wherefore; pro and con, reason why; secret motive, arrière-pensée [Fr.]; intention &c. 620.

inducement, consideration; attraction; loadstone; magnet, magnetism, magnetic force; allectation, allective; temptation, enticement, agacerie, allurement, witchery; bewitchment, bewitchery; charm; spell &c. 993; fascination, blandishment, cajolery; seduction, seducement; honeyed words, voice of the tempter, song of the Sirens forbidden fruit, golden apple.

persuasibility, persuasibleness; attractability; impressibility, susceptibility; softness; persuasiveness, attractiveness; tantalization.

influence, prompting, dictate, instance; impulse, impulsion; incitement, incitation; press, instigation; provocation &c. (excitation of feeling) 824; inspiration; persuasion, suasion; encouragement, advocacy; exhortation; advice &c. 695; solicitation &c. (request) 765. lobby.

incentive, stimulus, spur, fillip, whip, goad, ankus (elephant goad, Hindustan), rowel, provocative, whet, dram.

bribe, lure; decoy, decoy duck; bait, trail of a red herring; bribery and corruption; sop, sop for Cerberus.

prompter, tempter; seducer, seductor; instigator, firebrand, incendiary; Siren, Circe; agent provocateur; lobbyist.

VERB. induce, move; draw, draw on; bring in its train, give an impulse &c. n.; to; inspire; put up to, prompt, call up; attract, beckon.

stimulate &c. (excite) 824; spirit up, inspirit; rouse, arouse; animate, incite, foment, provoke, instigate, set on, actuate; act upon, work upon, operate upon; encourage; pat on the back, pat on the shoulder, clap on the back, clap on the shoulder.

influence, weigh with, bias, sway, incline, dispose, predispose, turn the scale, inoculate; lead by the nose; have influence with, have influence over, have influence upon, exercise influence with, exercise influence over, exercise influence upon; go round, come round one; turn the head, magnetize; lobby.

persuade; prevail with, prevail upon; overcome, carry; bring round to one’s senses, bring to one’s senses; draw over, win over, gain over, come over, talk over; procure, enlist, engage; invite, court.

tempt, seduce, overpersuade, entice, allure, captivate, fascinate, bewitch, carry away, charm, conciliate, wheedle, coax, lure; inveigle; tantalize; cajole &c. (deceive) 545.

tamper with, bribe, suborn, grease the palm, bait with a silver hook, gild the pill, make things pleasant, put a sop into the pan, throw a sop to, bait the hook.

enforce, force; impel &c. (push) 276; propel &c. 284; whip, lash, goad, spur, prick, urge; egg on, hound, hurry on; drag &c. 285; exhort; advise &c. 695; call upon &c. press &c. (request) 765; advocate.

set an example, set the fashion; keep in countenance.

be persuaded &c.; yield to temptation, come round; concede &c. (consent) 762; obey a call; follow advice, follow the bent,.follow the dictates of; act on principle.

ADJ. impulsive, motive; suasive, suasory, persuasive, persuasory, hortative, hortatory; protreptical; inviting, tempting, &c. v.; suasive, suasory; seductive, attractive; fascinating &c. (pleasing) 829; provocative &c. (exciting) 824.

induced &c. v.; disposed; persuadable &c. (docile) 602; spellbound; instinct with, smitten with, infatuated; inspired &c. v.; by.

ADV. because, therefore &c. (cause) 155; from this motive, from that motive; for this reason, for that reason; for; by reason of, for the sake of, count of; out of, from, as, forasmuch as.

for all the world; on principle.

PHR. Fax mentis incendium gloriæ. [Lat.] {“The flame of glory is the torch that kindles the soul.” }.

“Could’st thou boast, child of weakness! / O’er the sons of wrong and strife, / Were their strong temptations planted / In thy path of life?” {John Greenleaf Whittier—What the Voice Said.}.

“Sometimes we are devils to ourselves, / When we will tempt the frailty of our powers, / Presuming on their changeful potency.” {Shakespeare—Troilus and Cressida. Act IV. Sc. 4.}.

“To beguile many and be begiu’d by one.” {Shakespeare—Othello. Act IV. Sc. 1.}.

“Devils soonest tempt, resembling spirits of light.” {Shakespeare—Love’s Labour’s Lost. Act IV. Sc. 3.}.

“But Satan now is wiser than of yore, / And tempts by making rich, not making poor.” {Alexander Pope—Moral Essays. Epistle III. L. 351.}.

“temptation hath a music for all ears”

“Blessed is the man that endureth temptation; for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life.” {Holy Bible—James, 1:2.}.

“So you tell yourself you are pretty fine clay / To have tricked temptation and turned it away, / But wait, my friend, for a different day; / Wait till you want to want to!” {Edmund Vance Cooke—Desire.}.

“Men’s minds are as variant as their faces. Where the motives of their actions are pure, the operation of the former is no more to be imputed to them as a crime, than the appearance of the latter; for both, being the work of nature, are alike unavoidable.” {George Washington—Social Maxims. Difference of Opinion no Crime.}.

“What makes life dreary is the want of motive.” {George Elliot—Daniel Deronda. Bk. VIII. Ch. LXV.}.

“A good intention clothes itself with sudden power.” {Ralph Waldo Emerson—Essays. Fate.}.

Qui jussu judicis aliquod fecerit non videtur dolo malo fecisse, quia parere necesse est. [Lat.] {Maxim of Law“When any one does an act by order of a judge, he will not be held in law to have acted from any wrongful motive, because he had no choice but to obey.” }.

De motu proprio. [Lat.] {“Of his own motive or impulse.” (Of a person’s own act). }.

Quitada la causa, se quita el pecado. [Sp.] {Cervantes—Don Quixote. “Take away the motive and the sin is taken away.” }.

Summum crede nefas animam præferre pudori, / Et propter vitam vivendi perdere causas. [Lat.] {Juvenal—Satiræ. VIII. 83. “Consider it the highest impiety to prefer life to honour, and to lose the great motive of our life merely for the sake of living.” }.

De een doet het uit liefde, de ander om eere, de derde om geld. [Dut.] {Proverb“One does it for love, another for honour, a third for money.” }.

Aufrichtig zu sein kann ich versprechen; unparteüsch zu sein aber nicht. [Ger.] {Goethe—Sprüche in Prosa. III. “I can promise to be upright, but not to be without bias.” }.


Roget’s Thesaurus 1911. Compiled, edited and supplemented by Nicholas Shea. Dev version 1.7.9b Compiled on: 19 January 2022 at 05:16:38
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