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(Entry 1 of 2)

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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How does the noun goad contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of goad are impulse, incentive, inducement, motive, and spur. While all these words mean "a stimulus to action," goad suggests a motive that keeps one going against one's will or desire.

thought insecurity a goad to worker efficiency

In what contexts can impulse take the place of goad?

The synonyms impulse and goad are sometimes interchangeable, but impulse suggests a driving power arising from personal temperament or constitution.

buying on impulse

When can incentive be used instead of goad?

While the synonyms incentive and goad are close in meaning, incentive applies to an external influence (such as an expected reward) inciting to action.

a bonus was offered as an incentive

When is it sensible to use inducement instead of goad?

While in some cases nearly identical to goad, inducement suggests a motive prompted by the deliberate enticements or allurements of another.

offered a watch as an inducement to subscribe

Where would motive be a reasonable alternative to goad?

The words motive and goad can be used in similar contexts, but motive implies an emotion or desire operating on the will and causing it to act.

a motive for the crime

When might spur be a better fit than goad?

The meanings of spur and goad largely overlap; however, spur applies to a motive that stimulates the faculties or increases energy or ardor.

fear was a spur to action

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

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“Goad.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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