Reference > Roget’s > International Thesaurus > 170. Agency.
Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.
Class I. Words Expressing Abstract Relations
Section VIII. Causation
3. Power in Operation
170. Agency.
NOUN:AGENCY, operation, force, working, strain, function, office, maintenance, exercise, work, swing, play; interworking, interaction; procuration, procurement.
  CAUSATION [See Cause]; mediation, intermediation, instrumentality [See Instrumentality]; conation, influence [See Influence]; action (voluntary) [See Action]; modus operandi [L.] [See Method].
  quickening -, maintaining -, sustaining- power; home stroke.
VERB:BE IN ACTION &c. adj.; operate, work; act, act upon; perform, play, support, sustain, strain, maintain, take effect, quicken, strike.
  come -, bring- into -operation, - play; have play, have free play; bring to bear upon.
ADJECTIVE:OPERATIVE, operant [rare], efficient, efficacious, practical, exertive, conative, effectual.
  at work, on foot; acting (doing) [See Action]; in operation, in force, in action, in play, in exercise; acted upon, wrought upon.
ADVERB:BY THE AGENCY OF &c. n.; through (instrumentality) [See Instrumentality]; by means of [See Means].
  1. I myself must mix with action lest I wither by despair.—Tennyson
  2. The day is always his who works in it with serenity and great aims.—Emerson



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