embolden

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v embolden give encouragement to
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Embolden To give boldness or courage to; to encourage. "The self-conceit which emboldened him to undertake this dangerous office."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • embolden To give boldness or courage to; make bolder; encourage.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Embolden em-bōld′n to make bold or courageous.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Em, to make, and bold.

Usage

In literature:

Emboldened by the vigorous defense of Jotapata, it had closed its gates to the Romans.
"For the Temple" by G. A. Henty
But Sir Richard gave no sign of disbelief, and Anstice was emboldened to proceed.
"Afterwards" by Kathlyn Rhodes
This emboldened Clay, and without hesitation he started in pursuit, paying no attention to Nugget's appealing cries.
"Canoe Boys and Campfires" by William Murray Graydon
This is well known abroad; and the people are the more emboldened in the course they take.
"Aurelian" by William Ware
At the same time, realizing the value of your time, it emboldens me to refer to a matter that may seem to you unduly personal.
"The Genius" by Margaret Horton Potter
The news she hath to-day may embolden thee to ask again.
"Standish of Standish" by Jane G. Austin
Offenders become emboldened by impunity, and the first beginnings should be checked.
"Byeways in Palestine" by James Finn
Emboldened by the effect of these measures, the King lost no time in pressing forward his designs against the Church.
"Andrew Melville" by William Morison
Emboldened he rapped with the knocker.
"Spring Street" by James H. Richardson
I could see that my manner, if not my words, had aroused his curiosity; thus emboldened, I plunged right in.
"The Paternoster Ruby" by Charles Edmonds Walk
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In poetry:

Blue skies to embolden,
Hot July
Amid cornfields golden
Oped an eye.
"Autumn" by Manmohan Ghose
And with the silver change we'd prove
The truth of Love to life's own end,
With hearts the years could but embolden,
Had I a golden pound to spend.
"Had I A Golden Pound (After The Irish)" by Francis Ledwidge
Place thy lilly-white hand in mine,
Let its velvet touch on my horny palm,
Comfort, encourage, embolden, refine,--
This grosser clay, by its subtle charm.
"Lilly-White Hand" by John Hartley
'Tis sheer presumption, surely, to compare
Myself with statesmen in high honor decked;
Yet do I feel emboldened to declare
That I am more deserving of respect.
They, by their brawls, a mighty work have marred;
I built an honest fowlhouse in my yard.
"The Builders" by C J Dennis

In news:

Iran's currency crisis has emboldened critics of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who are lining up to pillory the president and lay down markers for next year when his successor will be elected.
Emboldened by new Census numbers, Republicans will use their redistricting power to squeeze Democrats out.
Egypt's workers, newly emboldened, seek reforms.
President Ali Abdullah Saleh's recent return to Yemen has emboldened Saleh loyalists and angered protesters further.
His foreign policy must have been seen by enemies of the United States as weak and feckless, because these enemies became emboldened.
What would the emboldened rapist say.
But that has only emboldened Republicans, who say the words bespoke a deeper truth about his lack of understanding of, and hostility to, business.
Phil Jackson, apparently emboldened by a long career and large family, paid a visit to pox-illated/quarantined guard Steve Blake on Thursday night, hoping to keep him in the loop with some game film.
Congress returns Tuesday to a crowded agenda of unfinished business after an election that left the balance of power unchanged but emboldened President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats.
Emboldened by winning the north London derby, Arsenal now has a chance to advance to the knockout round of the Champions League for the 13th consecutive season by beating Montpellier on Wednesday.
As we have been reporting, some committed left-wing Americans have been emboldened by the re-election of President Obama.
Emboldened by Arab support and confident in their arsenal, the Islamists say calm can only come if Israel opens the gates of the tiny, closed-off territory.
Emboldened by Arab support and confident in their arsenal, the Islamists say calm can only come if I.
In a social-media age, however, such efforts appear to be emboldened.
UVA Murder Verdict Will Embolden Crime Victims to Come Forward .
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In science:

One might be emboldened to conjecture the following.
Comparison of Sums of independent Identically Distributed Random Variables
Emboldened, I decided to make a firm request. I wanted to travel to Novosibirsk by train, not by the Aeroflot flight already arranged.
Classical Chaos and its Quantum Manifestations
Emboldened by these riches, I was pumping Tom for many other important unf illed physics needs that would have propelled us, when the terrible news of his death came.
Future Directions of Research in Geometry: A Summary of the Panel Discussion at the 2007 Midwest Geometry Conference
What the nucleosynthetic constraints are collectively telling us about the explosion is not yet clear in its entirety, but they embolden one to speculate nevertheless.
Towards a Synthesis of Core-Collapse Supernova Theory
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