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Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.
 
Class V. Words Releasing to the Voluntary Powers
Division (I) Individual Volition
Section I. Volition in General
2. Causes of Volition
 
615. Motive.
 
  
NOUN:MOTIVE, springs of action.
  REASON, ground, call, principle; by-end, by-purpose; mainspring, primum mobile [L.], keystone; the why and the wherefore; pro and con, reason why; secret motive, ulterior motive; arrière pensée [F.]; intention [See Intention].
  INDUCEMENT, consideration; attraction; loadstone; magnet, magnetism, magnetic force; allectation [obs.], allective [obs.], temptation, enticement, agacerie [F.], allurement, witchery; bewitchment, bewitchery; charm; spell [See Spell]; fascination, blandishment, cajolery; seduction, seducement; honeyed words, voice of the tempter, song of the Sirens; forbidden fruit, golden apple.
  PERSUASIBILITY, persuasibleness, persuadability, persuadableness; attractability; impressibility, susceptibility; softness; persuasiveness, attractiveness; tantalization.
  INFLUENCE, prompting, dictate, instance; impulse, impulsion; incitement, incitation; press, insistence, urge [rare], instigation; provocation (excitation of feeling) [See Excitation]; inspiration; persuasion, suasion; encouragement, advocacy; exhortation, hortation; advice [See Advice]; solicitation (request) [See Request]; lobbyism; pull [slang].
  INCENTIVE, stimulus, spur, fillip, whip, goad, ankus [India], rowel, provocative, whet, dram.
  BRIBE, lure; decoy, decoy duck; bait, trail of a red herring; bribery and corruption; sop, sop to Cerberus.
  TEMPTER, seducer, seductor, seductress; prompter, suggester, coaxer, wheedler, Siren, Circe, vampire [colloq.], vamp [slang]; instigator, agent provocateur [F.]; lobbyist; firebrand, incendiary.
  
VERB:INDUCE, move; draw, draw on; bring in its train, give an impulse to &c. n.; inspire; put up to [slang], prompt, call up; attract, beckon.
  STIMULATE (excite) [See Excitation]; spirit, spirit up, inspirit; rouse, arouse, animate, incite, provoke, instigate, set on, actuate; act upon, work upon, operate upon; encourage; pat -, clap- on the -back, - shoulder.
  set an example, set the fashion; keep in countenance, back up.
  INFLUENCE, weigh with, bias, sway, incline, dispose, predispose, turn the scale, inoculate; lead, - by the nose; have -, exercise -, influence- -with, - over, - upon; go -, come- round one [colloq.]; turn the head, magnetize; lobby [chiefly U. S.].
  PERSUADE; prevail -with, - upon; overcome, carry; bring round, bring to one’s senses; draw -, win -, gain -, talk- over; come over [colloq.]; procure, enlist, engage; invite, court.
  TEMPT, seduce, overpersuade, entice, allure, captivate, fascinate, bewitch, carry away, charm, conciliate, wheedle, coax, lure, vamp [slang]; inveigle; tantalize; cajole (deceive) [See Deception].
  BRIBE, tamper with, 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 (push) [See Impulse]; propel [See Propulsion]; whip, lash, goad, spur, prick, urge; egg on, hound on, hurry on; drag [See Traction]; exhort; advise [See Advice]; call upon &c., press (request) [See Request]; advocate.
  BE PERSUADED &c.; yield to temptation, come round [colloq.]; concede (consent) [See Consent]; obey a call; follow -advice, - the bent, - the dictates of; act on principle.
  
ADJECTIVE:IMPULSIVE, motive; persuasive, persuasory [rare], hortative, hortatory; protreptical [obs.]; inviting, tempting, &c. v.; suasive, suasory [obs.], irresistible, seductive, attractive; fascinating (pleasing) [See Pleasurableness]; provocative (exciting) [See Excitation].
  INDUCED &c. v.; disposed; persuadable (docile) [See Willingness]; spellbound; instinct -, taken -, smitten- with; inspired by &c. v.
  
ADVERB:BECAUSE, therefore (cause) [See Attribution]; from this motive, from that motive; for this reason, for that reason; for; by reason of, for the sake of, on the score of, on account of; out of, from, as, forasmuch as.
  for all the world; on principle.
  
QUOTATIONS:
  1. Fax mentis incendium gloriœ.
  2. Temptation hath a music for all ears.—Willis
  3. To beguile many and be beguiled by one.—Othello

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