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Embolden   /ɛmbˈoʊldən/   Listen
Embolden

verb
(past & past part. emboldened; pres. part. emboldening)
1.
Give encouragement to.  Synonyms: cheer, hearten, recreate.






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"Embolden" Quotes from Famous Books



... be regarded as an effort to defeat the laws of Congress. It will be interpreted by the unreconstructed element in the South—those who did all they could to break up this Government by arms, and now wish to be the only element consulted as to the method of restoring order—as a triumph. It will embolden them to renewed opposition to the will of the loyal masses, believing that they have the ...
— Memoirs of Three Civil War Generals, Complete • U. S. Grant, W. T. Sherman, P. H. Sheridan

... ere I could summon courage to step on the balcony—nothing could have emboldened me to do so but the strong conviction of my mind, that he was still alive, and that we should again meet—but that conviction did embolden me, and I ventured, though with a throbbing heart. There was a small skiff with a single person—O Matilda, it was himself!—I knew his appearance after so long an absence, and through the shadow of the night, as perfectly as ...
— Guy Mannering • Sir Walter Scott

... Who pour it on me, how it burns; How it galls the meek spirit, whose woe not Their hating with hating returns! Fool! I merit it: I have not holden My feet from their paths! Mine the blame: I have sought in their eyes to embolden This visage ...
— Modern Italian Poets • W. D. Howells

... with this Fink-Nottle, and the result was a wash-out. You attempted to push him over the line by rigging him out in a Mephistopheles costume and sending him off to a fancy-dress ball, your view being that scarlet tights would embolden him. Futile." ...
— Right Ho, Jeeves • P. G. Wodehouse



Words linked to "Embolden" :   hearten, dishearten, buck up, cheer, encourage, recreate, take heart



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