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goad

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of goad

  1. something that arouses action or activity <the threat of skin cancer—not to mention the prospect of wrinkles—should be sufficient goad for using sunscreen> Synonyms boost, encouragement, impulse, impetus, incentive, incitation, incitement, instigation, momentum, motivation, provocation, spur, stimulant, stimulus, yeastRelated Words inducement, invitation; antecedent, cause, consideration, grounds, motive, occasion, reason; catalyst, catalyzer, fuel, sparkAntonyms counterincentive, disincentive




goad

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of goad

  1. 1 to try to persuade (someone) through earnest appeals to follow a course of action <tried to goad me into auditioning for the play> Synonyms egg (on), encourage, exhort, urge, nudge, press, prod, promptRelated Words drive, propel, spur, stimulate; hurry, hustle, push, rush; adjure, beseech, implore, importune; blandish, cajole, coax, soft-soap, wheedle; high-pressure, nag, needle, pressure; foment, incite, instigate, provoke, stir (up)Near Antonyms deter, discourage, dissuade; brake, check, constrain, curb, hold back, inhibit, restrain

  2. 2 to urge or push forward with or as if with a pointed object <goading the horse forward into the stall> Synonyms dig, prod, spurRelated Words chuck, jab, jog, knock, nudge, poke; bore, drill, perforate, pierce, prick, punch, puncture, stab, stick; drive, hale, propel




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