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- n. Goodwill towards an audience, either perceived or real; the perception that the speaker has the audience's interest at heart.
- n. A state of normal adult mental health.
Together, teacher and pupils shared the love that transforms the world through action and compassion, which was called eunoia.
Though "eunoia" appears in medical dictionaries with the definition "well mind", Bok wants it to be adopted in every-day English as an expression meaning "beautiful thinking".
Now the word "eunoia" is the subject of a campaign by the Scottish publisher Canongate, which wants it to be recognised by the Oxford and Chambers dictionaries.
Wanting what is good for the sake of another he calls “good will” (eunoia), and friendship is reciprocal good will, provided that each recognizes the presence of this attitude in the other.
The Greeks established very clear distinctions between these diverse natures of philia or eros, on the one hand, and, on the other, agapē or disinterested affection (a term with a promising future in Christianity), storge or tenderness, eunoia or good will, charis or the love of gratitude.
An important tactic related to this valuable gift is eunoia, or having Medici's best interests at heart, after all Machiavelli has not "... embellished or crammed this book with rounded periods or big, impressive words, or with any blandishment or superfluous decoration ..."
Without resorting to the French oiseau, I can even supply a six-letter example that English took over from Greek: eunoia ` alertness of mind, 'listed in Webster's New Twentieth Century Dictionary.
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