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embolden

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of embolden

  1. to fill with courage or strength of purpose his poor showing in his first swim meet just emboldened him to train even harder Synonyms of embolden bear up, buck up, buoy (up), cheer (up), chirk (up), encourage, hearten, inspire, inspirit, steelWords Related to embolden animate, enliven, invigorate; enforce, fortify, reinforce (also reenforce), strengthen; assure, reassure; boost, energize, excite, galvanize, provoke, quicken, rally, stimulate, stirNear Antonyms of embolden demoralize, depress, sadden; debilitate, enfeeble, hamstring, undermine, weaken; intimidate, psych (out)Antonyms of embolden daunt, discourage, dishearten, dispirit

Synonym Discussion of embolden

encourage, inspirit, hearten, embolden mean to fill with courage or strength of purpose. encourage suggests the raising of one's confidence especially by an external agency.
    • the teacher's praise encouraged the students to greater efforts
inspirit, somewhat literary, implies instilling life, energy, courage, or vigor into something.
    • patriots inspirited the people to resist
hearten implies the lifting of dispiritedness or despondency by an infusion of fresh courage or zeal.
    • a hospital patient heartened by good news
embolden implies the giving of courage sufficient to overcome timidity or reluctance.
    • emboldened by her first success, she tried an even more difficult climb


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