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metta

noun

lovingkindness, the Buddhist virtue of kindness; also called maitri

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Pali term

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  • metta was now convinced that she had in her heart done this hero a wrong.

    Merton of the Movies Harry Leon Wilson
  • Dexter continued his jolting progress to the applause of metta.

    Merton of the Movies Harry Leon Wilson
  • I guessed it—I that had wasted my days with singing-women, such as poor 'metta!

    Poison Island Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch (Q)
  • "Giddap, there, you Dexter Gashwiler," called metta loudly and with the best intentions.

    Merton of the Movies Harry Leon Wilson
  • metta Judson, again on the back steps, surveyed the scene with kindling eyes.

    Merton of the Movies Harry Leon Wilson
  • He turned loftily to metta as one who had not even heard her tasteless taunts.

    Merton of the Movies Harry Leon Wilson
  • The rider tried to command metta to keep still, and merely bit his tongue.

    Merton of the Movies Harry Leon Wilson
  • And metta Judson—she was the best cook anywhere around Simsbury.

    Merton of the Movies Harry Leon Wilson
  • After church he ate a lonely meal served by metta Judson at the Gashwiler residence.

    Merton of the Movies Harry Leon Wilson

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