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He who gives his mind to politics, sails on a stormy sea, with a giddy pilot.

Exhausted in mind and body, she could not long endure this tide of recollection.

In you I was sure of a mind strong enough to break the fetters of habit.

But, to relieve your mind, nothing at all has really happened.

"The name of Socrates recalls Alcibiades to my mind," rejoined Anaxagoras.

Philothea had listened so earnestly, that for a moment all other thoughts were expelled from her mind.

But there is one subject, on which my mind is filled with foreboding.

On this day, however, Philothea's mind was less serene than usual.

Of this, there is an impression on my mind too strong to admit of doubt.

But all he'd ever say was that times had changed since my day, and I wasn't to mind him.


late 12c., from Old English gemynd "memory, remembrance, state of being remembered; thought, purpose; conscious mind, intellect, intention," Proto-Germanic *ga-mundiz (cf. Gothic muns "thought," munan "to think;" Old Norse minni "mind;" German Minne (archaic) "love," originally "memory, loving memory"), from PIE root *men- "think, remember, have one's mind aroused," with derivatives referring to qualities of mind or states of thought (cf. Sanskrit matih "thought," munih "sage, seer;" Greek memona "I yearn," mania "madness," mantis "one who divines, prophet, seer;" Latin mens "mind, understanding, reason," memini "I remember," mentio "remembrance;" Lithuanian mintis "thought, idea," Old Church Slavonic mineti "to believe, think," Russian pamjat "memory").

Meaning "mental faculty" is mid-14c. "Memory," one of the oldest senses, now is almost obsolete except in old expressions such as bear in mind, call to mind. Mind's eye "remembrance" is early 15c. Phrase time out of mind is attested from early 15c. To pay no mind "disregard" is recorded from 1916, American English dialect. To have half a mind to "to have one's mind half made up to (do something)" is recorded from 1726. Mind-reading is from 1882.


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