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Definition of "embolden" []

  • To foster boldness or courage in; encourage. See Synonyms at encourage. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "embolden" in a sentence
  • "But, that term has been a GOP talking point for almost a year according to Source Watch: The phrase embolden the terrorists—as has taking the fight to the terrorists—has frequently been employed by President George W. Bush, members of the Bush administration, and others in their support of the war in Iraq and use of fear as a political tool."
  • "Thompson might have meant to say "embolden," not "ennoble," as not even the most vocal war hawk would argue that domestic debate about the Iraq War will result in the enemy being given titles of nobility such as Duke, Baron, Lord, etc."
  • "The Americans will not allow Iran to benefit from the oil and transit revenue, which will "embolden" it, and indirectly bolster Hamas and Hezbollah."