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Men who take from the poor daily interest for a drachma, and spend it in debauchery.

Nevertheless I continued to treat him well on account of the interest you felt in him.

As for art and the sciences, these did not interest them very much.

It was for ever fighting someone, somewhere, for causes which did not interest the subjects at all.

Strong as is the tie of interest, it has been often found ineffectual.

He travels with his eyes open, looking for objects of interest, and recording them.

Have we not all an interest in it, and a prior right, if right were to have taken place?

They were all facing him, and their faces were alive with interest; yet they made no hostile move.

One of the main points of interest at the home of Mr. Gladstone is the library.

But her interest in his hobby for once failed to awaken his enthusiasm.


mid-15c., "legal claim or right; concern; benefit, advantage;" earlier interesse (late 14c.), from Anglo-French interesse "what one has a legal concern in," from Medieval Latin interesse "compensation for loss," noun use of Latin interresse "to concern, make a difference, be of importance," literally "to be between," from inter- "between" (see inter-) + esse "to be" (see essence).

Cf. German Interesse, from the same Medieval Latin source. Form in English influenced 15c. by French interest "damage," from Latin interest "it is of importance, it makes a difference," third person singular present of interresse. Financial sense of "money paid for the use of money lent" (1520s) earlier was distinguished from usury (illegal under Church law) by being in reference to "compensation due from a defaulting debtor." Meaning "curiosity" is first attested 1771. Interest group is attested from 1907; interest rate by 1868.


Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.