embolden

[ɛmbˈə͡ʊldən], [ɛmbˈə‍ʊldən], [ɛ_m_b_ˈəʊ_l_d_ə_n]

Antonyms for embolden:

confuse, dehydrate, dishearten, dispirit, overawe, mau-mau, paralyze, frustrate, bulldoze, discompose, confound, counteract, depress, emasculate, strong-arm, unnerve, cow, PSYCH, expose, hamstring, embarrass, petrify, intimidate, lobotomize, unstring, browbeat, daunt, bullyrag, geld, bewilder, dampen, weaken, impede, shame, disapprove, abash, deter, put off, discourage, desiccate, mortify, frighten, deaden, devitalize, undermine, terrorize, denounce, nonplus, sadden, obstruct, dissuade, faze, discomfit, blackjack, enervate, bogart, chagrin, terrify, hinder, debilitate, unman, disconcert, startle, enfeeble, scarify, undo, affright, demoralize, horrify, castrate, baffle.


Definitions of embolden:

  1.   To give boldness or courage to; to encourage. – Newage Dictionary DB
  2.   To make bold or courageous. – The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  3.   To make brave; to encourage. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4.   To give boldness or courage to. – Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  5.   To make bold. – The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6.   give encouragement to – Wordnet Dictionary DB

Quotes for embolden:

  1. If the United States were to cut and run from Iraq, we would send a message of weakness that would embolden our terrorist enemies across the globe. A failed Iraq would destabilize the entire region and undermine U. S. national security for decades to come. – Dennis Cardoza

Usage examples for embolden:

  1. The sign for which I ask to embolden me to go forwards is single, not double. ” – In-Darkest-England-and-the-Way-Out by Booth, William
  2. There is a delicacy, too, in female society, which serves well to check the boisterous, to tame the brutal, and to embolden the timid. ” – The Young Man's Guide by William A. Alcott
  3. Instead of softening and conciliating, they but embolden and harden them. ” – Shirley by Charlotte Brontë
  4. The young men,- whom tea did not embolden and who had as yet had no chance of stronger liquor,- clustered in rustic shyness round the door, not speaking even to themselves, except now and then, when one, apparently the wag of the party, made some whispered remark, which set them all off laughing; but in a minute they checked themselves, and passed the back of their hands across their mouths to compose that unlucky feature, and then some would try to fix their eyes on the rafters of the ceiling, in a manner which was decorous if rather abstracted from the business in hand. ” – Sylvia's Lovers -- Complete by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  5. “ To embolden and make one's mark, however ridiculous to the sane and balanced mind. ” – Point Spread Poems by Paul Cameron Brown
  6. The hope, however, of your lenity towards me for the delay, and the approaching time of the fulfillment of my promise, embolden me to express my wish, which, among the hundreds offered to you to- day and yesterday, may perhaps appear to you only an insignificant interloper; I say perhaps, for it would be too bold in me to think that you could form no better wish for yourself than mine. ” – Haydn by J. Cuthbert Hadden
  7. “ I shall not conceal that the Commissioners of Her Majesty's customs set so high a price on the possession of the Water- Witch, as to embolden me to assume a responsibility from which I might, on any other occasion, shrink. ” – The Water-Witch or, The Skimmer of the Seas by James Fenimore Cooper
  8. Again an attempt is made to describe- not as ethnological specimens, but as men and women- types of a crude race in ordinary habit as they live, though not without a tint of imagination to embolden the better truths. ” – Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield
  9. It leads him to fear that yielding to the South, and calling a national convention under their threat, will embolden them, whenever the result of an election does not suit them, to insist that the victors shall take the place of the vanquished. ” – The Life of Lyman Trumbull by Horace White
  10. Love and condescension doth rather embolden them, and therefore they must be restrained with the bridle of authority. ” – The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning by Hugh Binning
  11. The revenues gleaned from these conquests would swell the treasury at Nineveh, the native soldiers would be incorporated into the Assyrian army, and when the smaller tribes had all in turn been subdued, their conqueror would, at length, find himself confronted with one of the great states from which he had been separated by these buffer communities; then it was that the men and money he had appropriated in his conquests would embolden him to provoke or accept battle with some tolerable certainty of victory. ” – History Of Egypt, Chaldæa, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, Volume 7 (of 12) by G. Maspero
  12. And this unexpected accusation, instead of frightening her, only served to embolden her. ” – Historic Girls by E. S. Brooks
  13. “ I trust that the British North American Colonies will, in reply to the above remark, send forth such a voice of attachment to their mother country that will encourage her people at home and embolden them to come forward in aid of great colonial measures, resulting as they must do in universal benefit to the empire. ” – A Letter from Major Robert Carmichael-Smyth to His Friend, the Author of 'The Clockmaker' by Robert Carmichael-Smyth
  14. Some persons object to the idea of sending children to Reformatories at once, on the ground that to abolish the terror of imprisonment from the youthful mind would embolden the juvenile inclined to crime and lead him more readily to commit it. ” – Crime and Its Causes by William Douglas Morrison
  15. But would not this encouragement embolden the Emperor to crush the contumacious Chambers? ” – The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2) by John Holland Rose
  16. The rendezvous was in the island Zacynthus, where a small force of not quite eight hundred men came together, all of them, however, persons already distinguished in plenty of previous hard service, their bodies well trained and practiced, and their experience and courage amply sufficient to animate and embolden to action the numbers whom Dion expected to join him in Sicily. ” – Plutarch-Lives-of-the-noble-Grecians-and-Romans by Clough, Arthur Hugh
  17. See in the former the insolence, the artifices and the lust of power of a single aristocrat and how far the love of money can lead; in the latter, what gifts can do, and how they can embolden those who are bribed by them. ” – The Life and Times of Ulric Zwingli by Johann Hottinger
  18. “ " But your cousin does not know it," said she; " I never told him- he was not kind enough to embolden me; therefore do not blame him for my sin; he did not know of my wicked designs- he did not encourage me-" " But he forsook you, Agnes." ” – Nature and Art by Mrs. Inchbald

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