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motive
used in The Iliad by Homer - (translated by: Pope)

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What is her motive?
Definition
a reason for doing something
  • Mere statements are jealously watched, and the motives of the writer form as important an ingredient in the analysis of his history, as the facts he records.
    Introduction (2% in)

There are no more uses of "motive" flagged with this meaning in The Iliad by Homer - (translated by: Pope).

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  • I must attribute to the same motive that of several others of my friends: to whom all acknowledgments are rendered unnecessary by the privileges of a familiar correspondence; and I am satisfied I can no way better oblige men of their turn than by my silence.
    Preface (98% in)
  • Paris alone and Sparta's king advance, In single fight to toss the beamy lance; Each met in arms, the fate of combat tries, Thy love the motive, and thy charms the prize."
    Book 3 (33% in)

There are no more uses of "motive" in The Iliad by Homer - (translated by: Pope).

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