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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR INTENTNESS

The regard they fixed on his face was baleful in its intentness.

All the while I looked at him steadily, until his eyes began to lose their intentness.

His vision was not unconscious of her presence; he stared at her with intentness.

Beneath the intentness of the scrutiny Ellen colored uneasily.

All the factors were present to him and he dwelt upon them with intentness.

By the intentness of their gaze it was evident that all were willing enough to look.

She was a wonderful listener, sympathetic in her intentness.

She was looking at him with an intentness which was almost tragical.

Sir Hugh and the baby eyed each other, with some intentness.

For the past two weeks, he had watched her with an intentness that was embarrassing.

WORD ORIGIN

"purpose," early 13c., from Old French entente, from Latin intentus "a stretching out," in Late Latin "intention, attention," noun use of past participle of intendere "stretch out, lean toward, strain," literally "to stretch out" (see intend).

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