gal·​va·​niz·​ing ˈgal-və-ˌnī-ziŋ How to pronounce galvanizing (audio)
: stimulating in a way that provokes action or effort
… makes it easy to see he isn't the next Jordan, if only because he lacks the galvanizing effect on teammates that MJ had.Bill Simmons
The causes of today's discontent … are less galvanizing because they are less susceptible to summation in pithy slogans like "stop the war" and "law and order."George F. Will
galvanizingly adverb
… he was still known to the world by the clipped, galvanizingly dramatic name under which he had emerged as the country's most prominent advocate of black nationalism: Malcolm X. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Word History

First Known Use

1949, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of galvanizing was in 1949

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“Galvanizing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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