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


The first of these motives is a stream of copious abuse, as in Per.

Crane did not press the point; he understood Porter's motives throughout.

His motives for this stroke of originality were difficult to discover.

They refrained from going to the bottom of facts and motives.

Well, you are the best judge of your own affairs: you don't misinterpret my motives?

The generous interpret motives in extremes—ever too enthusiastic or too severe.

They were, briefly, as follows, both in opinions and in motives.

Still, however, she did not doubt the motives of her companion.

Lo, the results, when the motives are keen, the action once commenced!

In this I know not precisely what were his motives—perhaps he did not know them himself.