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reward

Psychol any pleasant event that follows a response and therefore increases the likelihood of the response recurring in the future
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"The reward which I most desire," said the First Politician, "is the gratitude of my fellow-citizens."
Setting aside their rewards and results, I want to know what they are in themselves, and how they inwardly work in the soul.
"Why, the reward for the thief, and the other one for the knife."
Therefore in chariot fighting, when ten or more chariots have been taken, those should be rewarded who took the first.
A snuffbox with the Emperor's portrait is a reward but not a distinction," said the diplomatist- "a gift, rather."
"There wasn't a word about any reward," Inspector Jacks was told, "until this morning.
And verily, I do not even teach that virtue is its own reward.
Happy the blest ages that knew not the dread fury of those devilish engines of artillery, whose inventor I am persuaded is in hell receiving the reward of his diabolical invention, by which he made it easy for a base and cowardly arm to take the life of a gallant gentleman; and that, when he knows not how or whence, in the height of the ardour and enthusiasm that fire and animate brave hearts, there should come some random bullet, discharged perhaps by one who fled in terror at the flash when he fired off his accursed machine, which in an instant puts an end to the projects and cuts off the life of one who deserved to live for ages to come.
Had Tarzan chanced to recall the fact that a princely reward had been offered the blacks if they should succeed in killing him, he might have more quickly interpreted M'ganwazam's sudden change in front.
Then the Prince rode home to the old Mother Dragon, who was full of wonder when she saw him, and said, 'You have succeeded to-day in looking after my mare, and as a reward you shall come to my ball to-night.' She gave him at the same time a cloak made of copper, and led him to a big room where several young he-dragons and she-dragons were dancing together.
"But what reward do they demand?" inquired the King, suspiciously, for he knew how greedy the Growleywogs were.
Impelled by the combination of Misfortunes under which I laboured, namely Fear, Cold and Hunger I hesitated not to ask admittance which at length I have gained; and now my Adorable Laura (continued he taking my Hand) when may I hope to receive that reward of all the painfull sufferings I have undergone during the course of my attachment to you, to which I have ever aspired.