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The keener the competition, the greater the honor of success.

That I could elude Rima's keener eyes I doubted; but that did not trouble me.

But he was man enough to look at her with a keener interest than he had felt before.

It helped him to a clearer and keener perception of the place assigned him by the family.

Unhappy is that man, of necessity, whose perceptions are keener than his faith is strong.

Moreover, he had grown to take a keener interest now in the affairs of the home.

And as his health returned, he hungered for keener sensations.

No kite ever pursued its quarry with a keener eye than we did.

That might very well be, for the duller often sees better than the keener eye.

And is there any greater or keener pleasure than that of sensual love?

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, from Old English cene "bold brave," later "clever, wise," from Proto-Germanic *kan- "be able to" (see can). Original prehistoric senses seem to have been both "brave" and "skilled;" cognate with Old Norse kænn "skillful, wise," Middle Dutch coene "bold," Dutch koen, Old High German kuon "pugnacious, strong," German kühn "bold, daring." Sense of "eager" is from mid-14c. The meaning "sharp" is peculiar to English: of blades and edges early 13c., of sounds c.1400, of eyesight c.1720. A popular word of approval in teenager and student slang from c.1900.

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