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    engender

    Gerald loved her with all his heart, with all his soul; he trembled with desire at her touch and his passion was an agony that blanched his cheek. She could not mistake the eager longing of his eyes. Ah, that was the love she wanted—the love that kills and the love that engenders.

    From Mrs. Craddock
    (set in the late 19th century) by W Somerset Maugham

    What does "engender" mean?

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    Re: engender

    Cause.

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    Re: engender

    What do you find when you look it up in a dictionary?
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: engender

    Actually, I was wondering what "the love that engenders" mean.

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    #5

    Re: engender

    In that case, a better thread title would have been 'the love that engenders'.

    A single word rarely suffices.

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    Re: engender

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Jiong View Post
    Actually, I was wondering what "the love that engenders" means.
    The kind of love that creates. Maugham doesn't say what it creates, but it's clear that he meant "good feelings/good outcomes".
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    Re: engender

    In this context, it means 'gives birth'. It's meant as the opposite of kills.

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