intentness intentness


  • (n) the quality of being intent and concentrated


  1. From boyhood Frank Murphy had had a kind of desperate intentness.
  2. As the ball whipped toward the plate, the batter's cool blue eyes examined it with icy intentness.
  3. Few people noticed a bald, dark-skinned little man who sat half-hidden behind the Town Hall organ watching her play her encores with Svengali-like intentness.


  • David Denby: “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” “Gloria” reviews.

    Chris Pine has startlingly bright blue eyes, thick, dark eyebrows, and a way of seeming to look for something special even when he’s just staring into space—a gift of intentness that works well for him in “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” where he plays the . . . (Subscription required.)
    on January 13, 2014     Source: The New Yorker


  • More than a century ago, Teddy Roosevelt noted in that speech the particular limitation of "the man who in this life consistently refuses to see aught that is lofty, and fixes his eyes with solemn intentness only on that which is vile and debasing."
    on Aug 14, 2009 By: Theodore Roosevelt Source: New York Times

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