embolden embolden  /ɛm ˈboʊl dən/


  • (v) give encouragement to



  1. The loss of his moderating voice would embolden the hard-liners and hurt the partys efforts to broaden its base.
  2. But at those schools that were having second thoughts about the test, Atkinson's stance will embolden anti- SAT forces.
  3. Worsening chaos in Mindanao could embolden the most violent and radical elements in this protean coalition to export their jihad beyond the troubled island.


  • New NIN sounds like old NIN, and it's coming to Outside Lands

    Admit it, there was a time when a Nine Inch Nails album was the hardest music in your CD collection. You slipped your Downward Spiral disc in to drown out -- or perhaps embolden -- the bitter angst seething within.
    on June 8, 2013     Source: San Francisco Bay Guardian


  1. On Wednesday night, while accepting an award from a conservative national security group, Cheney said that "signals of indecision out of Washington hurt our allies and embolden our adversaries" - a reference to the review process now being...
    on Oct 22, 2009 By: Vice President Dick Cheney Source: CBS News

  2. "There's no doubt in my mind that Gordon Brown understands that failure in Iraq would be a disaster for the security of our countries, that failure in Iraq would embolden extremist movements through- out the Middle East," Bush said. "He...
    on Jul 30, 2007 By: President Bush Source: Austin American-Statesman (subscription)

  3. "I am extremely concerned that this ruling will embolden state legislatures to enact further measures to restrict a woman's right to choose, and that the conservative Supreme Court justices will look for other opportunities to erode Roe v. Wade,...
    on Apr 18, 2007 By: Barack Obama Source: Forbes

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untenable untenable
/ən ˈtɛ nə bəl /