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Eágerness. n.s. [from eager.]

  1. Keenness of desire; ardour of inclination.

    She knew her distance, and did angle for me,
    Madding my eagerness with her restraint.

    Have you not seen, when whistled from the fist,
    Some falcon stoop'd at what her eye design'd,
    And, with her eagerness, the quarry miss'd.

    The eagerness and strong bent of the mind after knowledge, if not warily regulated, is often an hindrance to it. Locke.

    Detraction and obloquy are received with as much eagerness as wit and humour. Addison's Freeholder.

                    Juba lives to catch
    That dear embrace, and to return it too,
    With mutual warmth and eagerness of love.
    Addison's Cato.

    His continued application to publick affairs diverts him from those pleasures, which are pursued with eagerness by princes who have not the publick so much at heart. Addison.

    The things of this world, with whatever eagerness they engage our pursuit, leave us still empty and unsatisfied with their fruition. Rogers's Sermons.

  2. Impetuosity; vehemence; violence.

    It finds them in the eagerness and height of their devotion; they are speechless for the time that it continues, and prostrate and dead when it departs. Dryden.

    I'll kill thee with such eagerness of haste,
    As fiends, let loose, would lay all nature waste.
    Dryd. Aur.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Shakespeare's All's Well That Ends Well (21) · Dryden, John (788) · Locke, John (269) · Rogers, John (38)

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