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goad

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of goad

  1. 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 Synonyms of goad boost, encouragement, impulse, impetus, incentive, incitation, incitement, instigation, momentum, motivation, provocation, spur, stimulant, stimulus, yeastWords Related to goad inducement, invitation; antecedent, cause, consideration, grounds, motive, occasion, reason; catalyst, catalyzer, fuel, sparkAntonyms of goad counterincentive, disincentive

Synonym Discussion of goad

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

goad

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of goad

  1. 1 to try to persuade (someone) through earnest appeals to follow a course of action tried to goad me into auditioning for the play Synonyms of goad egg (on), encourage, exhort, urge, nudge, press, prod, promptWords Related to goad drive, propel, spur, stimulate; hurry, hustle, push, rush; adjure, beseech, implore, importune; blandish, cajole, coax, soft-soap, wheedle; high-pressure, nag, needle, pressure; foment, incite, instigate, provoke, stir (up)Near Antonyms of goad deter, discourage, dissuade; brake, check, constrain, curb, hold back, inhibit, restrain

  2. 2 to urge or push forward with or as if with a pointed object goading the horse forward into the stall Synonyms of goad dig, prod, spurWords Related to goad chuck, jab, jog, knock, nudge, poke; bore, drill, perforate, pierce, prick, punch, puncture, stab, stick; drive, hale, propel



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