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motive
used in The Screwtape Letters

6 uses
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1  —2 uses as in:
What is her motive?
Definition
a reason for doing something
  • This, indeed, is probably one of the Enemy's motives for creating a dangerous world-a world in which moral issues really come to the point.
    Chapter 29 (55% in)
  • Is he a man of great physical courage—so great that he will have no half-conscious misgivings about the real motives of his pacifism?
    Chapter 7 (68% in)

There are no more uses of "motive" flagged with this meaning in The Screwtape Letters.

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?  —4 uses
exact meaning not specified
  • All His talk about Love must be a disguise for something else-He must have some real motive for creating them and taking so much trouble about them.
    Chapter 19 (22% in)
  • His real motive for fixing on sex as the method of reproduction among humans is only too apparent from the use He has made of it.
    Chapter 18 (43% in)
  • In the first place, humans who have not the gift of continence can be deterred from seeking marriage as a solution because they do not find themselves "in love", and, thanks to us, the idea of marrying with any other motive seems to them low and cynical.
    Chapter 18 (89% in)
  • The reason one comes to talk as if He really had this impossible Love is our utter failure to out that real motive.
    Chapter 19 (25% in)

There are no more uses of "motive" in The Screwtape Letters.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
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