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excite

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of excite

  1. 1 to cause a pleasurable stimulation of the feelings for some reason the first snowfall of the season never fails to excite us Synonyms of excite charge, electrify, thrill, exhilarate, galvanize, intoxicate, pump up, titillate, turn onWords Related to excite arouse, incite, inspire, provoke, stimulate; bewitch, captivate, charm, delight, enchant, enthrall (or enthral), hypnotize, mesmerize, rivet, spellbind; interest, intrigue, tantalizeNear Antonyms of excite bore, jade, pall, tire, weary; deject, demoralize, discourage, dishearten, dispirit

  2. 2 to rouse to strong feeling or action televised pictures of the victims of the famine that would excite any viewer to pity Synonyms of excite arouse, encourage, provoke, fire (up), impassion, incite, instigate, move, pique, rev (up), spark, stimulate, stirWords Related to excite fan, ignite, inflame (also enflame), kindle, trigger; activate, animate, drive, energize, galvanize, induce, inspire, key (up), motivate, motive, pump up, quicken, set off, vitalize; abet, ferment, foment, raise, whip (up); anger, enrage, madden, upset; jeer, taunt, tease; aggravate, annoy, bother, exasperate, gall, get, irritate, vexNear Antonyms of excite calm, soothe, subdue, tranquilize (also tranquillize); appease, mollify, pacify, placate

Synonym Discussion of excite

provoke, excite, stimulate, pique, quicken mean to arouse as if by pricking. provoke directs attention to the response called forth.
    • my stories usually provoke laughter
excite implies a stirring up or moving profoundly.
    • news that excited anger and frustration
stimulate suggests a rousing out of lethargy, quiescence, or indifference.
    • stimulating conversation
pique suggests stimulating by mild irritation or challenge.
    • that remark piqued my interest
quicken implies beneficially stimulating and making active or lively.
    • the high salary quickened her desire to have the job


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