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From Ancient Greek εὔνοια (eúnoia, goodwill, literally well-mindedness), from εὖ (, well, good) + νόος (nóos, mind, spirit).


  • IPA(key): /juːˈnɔɪ.ə/
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eunoia (uncountable)

  1. (rhetoric) Goodwill towards an audience, either perceived or real; the perception that the speaker has the audience's interest at heart.
    • 1994, Eugene Garver, Aristotle's Rhetoric: An Art of Character, page 112:
      Direct argument is a dangerous strategy for developing eunoia, since "those who have many friends and treat everyone as close to them seem to be friends to no one, except in a fellow-citizens way. These people are regarded as ingratiating."
  2. (medicine, psychology) A state of normal adult mental health.
    • 1899, Editorial Comment: "A New Faculty and its Localization", Medicine 5: 584
      The author says if we translate this metopic or coronal curve into the language of psychology we have eunoia or prothymia.
    • 1912, William Eastbrook Chancellor, "Temperment and the Education of Foreigners and of Their Children for American Citizenship", Educational Foundations 39 (1)
      We can usually tell which baby at three months old will never reach even imbecility, which child at three will never reach morinoia, habits of life, which boy or girl at six or seven will be arrested in morinoia and not proceed into eunoia.

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