enkindle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v enkindle call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses) "arouse pity","raise a smile","evoke sympathy"
    • v enkindle cause to start burning "The setting sun kindled the sky with oranges and reds"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Enkindle To excite; to rouse into action; to incite. "To enkindle the enthusiasm of an artist."
    • Enkindle To set on fire; to inflame; to kindle.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • enkindle To kindle; set on fire; inflame.
    • enkindle Hence To excite; rouse into action; inflame: as, to enkindle the passions; to enkindle zeal; to enkindle war or discord, or the flames of war.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Enkindle en-kin′dl to kindle or set on fire: to inflame: to rouse
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Usage

In literature:

And when one's imagination is enkindled, a story is sure to grow out of it.
"Jewish Children" by Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
And enkindles a lone flower; A violet iris standing yet in seething pools of grey.
"Japanese Prints" by John Gould Fletcher
How it sets my enkindled heart to throbbing!
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
He had the cool judgment, she the enkindling enthusiasm.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume I"
It enhances sentiments and aims and enkindles the activity of the masses to an unusual degree.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
It will live in every breast in which a love of art is enkindled.
"Great Men and Famous Women, Vol. 8 (of 8)" by Various
Civil war will again be enkindled.
"Henry IV, Makers of History" by John S. C. Abbott
There was never a fire enkindled But the great Cold had its way.
"Many Gods" by Cale Young Rice
They're not so bad if they're made just right, Tho' they don't enkindle our appetite.
"The So-called Human Race" by Bert Leston Taylor
It was not fondness for play, no, it was the most abominable avarice which had been enkindled in his soul by Satan himself.
"Weird Tales, Vol. II." by E. T. A. Hoffmann
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In poetry:

And the hills cried, "It is Eos!"
And the skylark soared away;
And the little fire in the east enkindled,
Flamed into perfect day!
"Eos" by Maurice Thompson
Forthwith a tongue of fire
Is seen on every brow,
Each heart receives the Father’s light,
The Word’s enkindling glow.
"Above the Starry Spheres" by Augusta Treverorum
O, then, Thy spirit, Lord, anew
Enkindles strength in sleeping men;
It falls as falls the evening dew,
And life's sad waste repairs again.
"Sleep" by John Bowring
To gaze on the sunbeams enkindling the sky--
A loftier life to invite--
A light that illumines my spiritual eye,
And inspires my pen as I write;
"Resolutions For The Day" by Mary Baker Eddy
That one far day, Posterity, new Morn,
Enkindling with a golden-rosy flame
Our Work, new Memnon, shall to ears unborn
Make quiver in the singing air our name!
"Epilogue" by Paul Verlaine
LELIUS. Oh: she is so good and wise,
That if even the sun enkindled
Jealousy in the heart of Florus,
It was jealousy pure and simple,
Without cause, for even the sun
Dare not look upon her visage.
"The Wonder-Working Magician - Act I" by Denis Florence MacCarthy