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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

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Synonyms & Antonyms of goad (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to try to persuade (someone) through earnest appeals to follow a course of action
  • tried to goad me into auditioning for the play

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2 to urge or push forward with or as if with a pointed object
  • goading the horse forward into the stall

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motive, impulse, incentive, inducement, spur, goad mean a stimulus to action. motive implies an emotion or desire operating on the will and causing it to act. a motive for the crime impulse suggests a driving power arising from personal temperament or constitution. buying on impulse incentive applies to an external influence (such as an expected reward) inciting to action. a bonus was offered as an incentive inducement suggests a motive prompted by the deliberate enticements or allurements of another. offered a watch as an inducement to subscribe spur applies to a motive that stimulates the faculties or increases energy or ardor. fear was a spur to action goad suggests a motive that keeps one going against one's will or desire. thought insecurity a goad to worker efficiency

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The first known use of goad was before the 12th century

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“Goad.” The Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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