em·​bold·​ened im-ˈbōl-dənd How to pronounce emboldened (audio)
: made bold or bolder : instilled with boldness, courage, or resolution
"This is the way it's gonna be," Stoddard announced. He had reason to feel emboldened. So far, Tom Murphy and Dan Burke had backed his every decision.Ken Auletta
If the participant moves toward the creature, it avoids contact. But if the person doesn't move, the emboldened sprite edges closer and finally lands on an outstretched hand.Ivars Peterson

Examples of emboldened in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Europe is still far short of having a credible Plan B, either for arming Ukraine, or to safeguard itself against an emboldened Vladimir Putin if Washington were to retreat from its European commitments. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, 18 Jan. 2024 Yet continuing the present course will result in more chaos and economic pain, an emboldened Iran, and the further erosion of American power. Matthew Continetti, National Review, 12 Jan. 2024 Washington will struggle to deter a Kremlin so emboldened. Peter Schroeder, Foreign Affairs, 20 Dec. 2023 Across the West Bank, Palestinians express fear of emboldened settlers, accusing Israeli security forces of failing to prosecute attackers and sometimes directly joining in harassment and intimidation. Patrick Reevell, ABC News, 19 Dec. 2023 Such fears have simmered for years, but a more emboldened Beijing and a more distracted U.S. are raising the prospect that after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and Hamas’s attack on Israel, a conflict across the Taiwan Strait is next. Gregor Stuart Hunter, Fortune, 4 Dec. 2023 The president even raised the prospect that an emboldened Putin would pose a threat to NATO allies, requiring the United States to come to their assistance with troops on the ground. Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, arkansasonline.com, 7 Dec. 2023 However, distracted by its continuing invasion of Ukraine, Moscow has been unable to keep the tensions under control as an emboldened Azerbaijan increased its foothold by putting the only road that links it with Armenia under its firm control. Ivan Nechepurenko, New York Times, 20 Sep. 2023 The early-September tribute to workers — an official holiday for almost 130 years — arrives with an emboldened labor movement that’s creating an environment closer to the era from which Labor Day was born. Wire Services, Dallas News, 4 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1569, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of emboldened was in 1569

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“Emboldened.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emboldened. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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