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These were novel concepts to one who had been taught to believe that wolves were not only capable of catching almost anything but, actuated by an insatiable blood lust, would slaughter everything which came within their range.
Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
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"Actuate" can be used in the physical sense of a machine or in the psychological sense of giving one incentive to act.
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  • These were novel concepts to one who had been taught to believe that wolves were not only capable of catching almost anything but, actuated by an insatiable blood lust, would slaughter everything which came within their range.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Whether she was really an agent of the Thought Police, or simply an amateur spy actuated by officiousness, hardly mattered.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • When actuated by selfish and vicious motives, I asked you to undertake my unfinished work, and I renew this request now, when I am only induced by reason and virtue.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Elizabeth, though expecting no less, thanked him with tears of gratitude; and all three being actuated by one spirit, everything relating to their journey was speedily settled.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice

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  • Mr. Heathcliff may have entirely dissimilar reasons for keeping his hand out of the way when he meets a would-be acquaintance, to those which actuate me.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • And though his questions were unpleasantly blunt, they seemed actuated by a friendly interest.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • For at bottom—so he told me—he was actuated by a profound desire to learn among the Christians, the arts whereby to make his people still happier than they were; and more than that, still better than they were.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • To the joy and pride of the whole army, a personal interview was refused, and instead of the Sovereign, Prince Dolgorukov, the victor at Wischau, was sent with Savary to negotiate with Napoleon if, contrary to expectations, these negotiations were actuated by a real desire for peace.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Can he, when nearest to honesty (no human is ever very near), feel fully convinced that he actuated wholly by the desire to obey the Enemy?
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • As if actuated by a common impulse, his movement was imitated by his companions, and, together they rushed down the pass to the friendly chasm, with a rapidity that rendered the scattering fire of their enemies perfectly harmless.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans

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  • What motive actuated Bigger Thomas?
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • 44 THE UTILITY OF STOVEPIPES It was evident that without suspecting it, and actuated solely by their chivalrous and adventurous character, our three friends had just rendered a service to someone the cardinal honored with his special protection.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • A farmer, a hunter, a soldier, a reporter, even a philosopher, may be daunted; but nothing can deter a poet, for he is actuated by pure love.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • If Marilla, in going down to Mrs. Lynde’s that evening, was actuated by any motive save her avowed one of returning the quilting frames she had borrowed the preceding winter, it was an amiable weakness shared by most of the Avonlea people.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • At first, I say, the handling-machine did not impress me as a machine, but as a crablike creature with a glittering integument, the controlling Martian whose delicate tentacles actuated its movements seeming to be simply the equivalent of the crab’s cerebral portion.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • It shot through Gabriel’s mind that Miss Ivors was not there and that she had gone away discourteously: and he said with confidence in himself: "Ladies and Gentlemen, "A new generation is growing up in our midst, a generation actuated by new ideas and new principles.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • A strong physical nature, actuated by a keen desire for the feminine, was the next.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • When you talk of Mr. Murdstone’s good intentions, and pretend to slight them (for I don’t believe you really do, in your heart, Peggotty), you must be as well convinced as I am how good they are, and how they actuate him in everything.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • …appropriate simile—was the features of stubborn and ponderous endurance, which might well have amounted to obstinacy in his earlier days; of integrity, that, like most of his other endowments, lay in a somewhat heavy mass, and was just as unmalleable or unmanageable as a ton of iron ore; and of benevolence which, fiercely as he led the bayonets on at Chippewa or Fort Erie, I take to be of quite as genuine a stamp as what actuates any or all the polemical philanthropists of the age.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Human groups are actuated by their group ideals, and these are always based on the infantile situation.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • I assure your ladyship I am not actuated by any motives of that sort," says Mr. Guppy, "and I couldn’t accept anything of the kind.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Similarly, because actuated by a secret purpose the quest of a new male (Mullingar student) or of a healing herb (valerian).
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • That was not the phrase for such a girl as Miss Tulliver; it would have been more correct to say that she had been actuated by mere unwomanly boldness and unbridled passion.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • …and his accomplished friend Master Bates, joined in the hue-and-cry which was raised at Oliver’s heels, in consequence of their executing an illegal conveyance of Mr. Brownlow’s personal property, as has been already described, they were actuated by a very laudable and becoming regard for themselves; and forasmuch as the freedom of the subject and the liberty of the individual are among the first and proudest boasts of a true-hearted Englishman, so, I need hardly beg the reader to…
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Mrs. Penniman, who was shocked at her sister’s coarseness, replied that he had been actuated by the noblest of motives—the desire not to impoverish Catherine.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • Quite aside from any conceivable motive actuating the Master-at-arms, and irrespective of the provocation to the blow, a martial court must needs in the present case confine its attention to the blow’s consequence, which consequence justly is to be deemed not otherwise than as the striker’s deed.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • Meanwhile, Holgrave took some pains to establish an intercourse with Clifford, actuated, it might seem, entirely by an impulse of kindliness, in order that the present hour might be cheerfuller than most which the poor recluse had spent, or was destined yet to spend.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • Troy, as he spoke, looked at his watch, and, apparently actuated by non lucendo principles, opened the case at the back, revealing, snugly stowed within it, a small coil of hair.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • He had inquired after her, she found, slightly, as might suit a former slight acquaintance, seeming to acknowledge such as she had acknowledged, actuated, perhaps, by the same view of escaping introduction when they were to meet.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • People said afterwards that he was actuated by unworthy motives in his criticism of Ivan, because the latter had on one or two occasions got the better of him in argument, and Ippolit Kirillovitch, remembering it, tried now to take his revenge.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • That Miss Crawford should endeavour to secure a meeting between him and Mrs. Rushworth, was all in her worst line of conduct, and grossly unkind and ill-judged; but she hoped he would not be actuated by any such degrading curiosity.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • This was a little spat between the twins; not much of a spat, but still a spat; and before they got far with it, they were in a decided condition of irritation while pretending to be actuated by more respectable motives.
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd’nhead Wilson
  • Another kind of bodily pleasure is that which results from an undisturbed and vigorous constitution of body, when life and active spirits seem to actuate every part.
    Thomas More  --  Utopia
  • To him the police were always actuated by malignant impulses and the rest of the world was composed, for the most part, of despicable creatures who were all trying to take advantage of him and with whom, in defense, he was obliged to quarrel on all possible occasions.
    Stephen Crane  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
  • ’Come back, Mr Nickleby, do!’ cried Miss Price, affecting alarm at her friend’s threat, but really actuated by a malicious wish to hear what Nicholas would say; ’come back, Mr Nickleby!’
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • But neither of these two rude beings, so ruthless in all things that touched the rights and interests of the red man, thought possessing veins of human feeling on other matters, was much actuated by any other desire than a heartless longing for profit.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • It did not occur to her that Selden might have been actuated merely by the desire to spend a Sunday out of town: women never learn to dispense with the sentimental motive in their judgments of men.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • …my grandfather would have included my aunt Leonie, who present without modification, year after year, the spectacle of their odd and unaccountable habits, which they always imagine themselves to be on the point of shaking off, but which they always retain to the end; caught in the treadmill of their own maladies and eccentricities, their futile endeavours to escape serve only to actuate its mechanism, to keep in motion the clockwork of their strange, ineluctable, fatal daily round.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • Again, to mark the nice distinction between two persons actuated by the same vice or folly is another; and, as this last talent is found in very few writers, so is the true discernment of it found in as few readers; though, I believe, the observation of this forms a very principal pleasure in those who are capable of the discovery; every person, for instance, can distinguish between Sir Epicure Mammon and Sir Fopling Flutter; but to note the difference between Sir Fopling Flutter and…
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • No, it be an actuated magic word.
    James A. Owen  --  Here, There be Dragons
  • It was self, self, all self that had actuated her.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • The militia of Pennsylvania seem to be actuated with a spirit more than Roman.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Nothing in the realm of life was self-actuated or even poorly actuated from that point on.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • There were duty here and pity and unselfish love, but these alone did not actuate Shefford.
    Zane Grey  --  The Rainbow Trail
  • In this he was actuated by a sense of duty; he had to look after Stein’s business, he said.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • She did not believe that Tull had been actuated solely by his minister’s zeal to save her soul.
    Zane Grey  --  Riders of the Purple Sage
  • Perhaps his sense of fairness actuated him once more, for he ordered Shady and Moze out to do their share.
    Zane Grey  --  The Man of the Forest
  • The value of the gold appeared to be fifteen dollars to the ounce, but the real value of money did not actuate the gamblers.
    Zane Grey  --  The Border Legion
  • Nevertheless I cannot believe that all those who practise virtue from religious motives are only actuated by the hope of a recompense.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • The pilots input the flight plan and the load sheet through the MCDU keyboards, and all en route flight-plan changes are also actuated with the McDoos.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
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