Definitions

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  • adj. Sensitive or responsive to moral excellence.

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  • adj. Sensitive or responsive to moral excellence.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the nature of goodness; akin to what is good or to the chief good.

Etymologies

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Latin bonus good + -form.

Examples

  • Platonists unsatisfactorily attacked him on the principle of their eponymous philosopher, supposing the innate noemata to rule the empirical aisthemata by the aid of what Henry More called a "boniform faculty", which tasted "the sweetness and savour of virtue".

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 4: Clandestinity-Diocesan Chancery

  • The transcendent intellectual and moral superiorities of this "Euclid of holiness," as Emerson calls him, with his "soliform eye and his boniform soul," -- the two quaint adjectives being from the mint of Cudworth, -- are fully dilated upon in the addition to the original article called

    Complete Project Gutenberg Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. Works

  • Theuth and Thamus; and the visions of Hades and the Fates -- fables which have imprinted themselves in the human memory like the signs of the zodiac; his soliform eye and his boniform soul; his doctrine of assimilation; his doctrine of reminiscence; his clear vision of the laws of return, or reaction, which secure instant justice throughout the universe, instanced everywhere, but specially in the doctrine,

    Representative Men

  • Fates, — fables which have imprinted themselves in the human memory like the signs of the zodiac; his soliform eye and his boniform soul; 16 his doctrine of assimilation; his doctrine of reminiscence; his clear vision of the laws of return, or reaction, which secure instant justice throughout the universe, instanced everywhere, but specially in the doctrine, “what comes from God to us, returns from us to

    Representative Men

  • “Euclid of holiness,” as Emerson calls him, with his “soliform eye and his boniform soul,” ” the two quaint adjectives being from the mint of Cudworth, ” are fully dilated upon in the addition to the original article called “Plato: New Readings.”

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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  • (adjective/noun) - (1) Of a good nature or character; from Latin bonus, good, and forma, shape.

    --Edward Lloyd's Encyclopædic Dictionary, 1895

    (2) A faculty by which moral goodness is appreciated; from Latin boniformis.

    --Sir James Murray's New English Dictionary, 1893

    January 16, 2018