galvanic galvanic  /ɡæl ˈvæ nɪk/


  1. (adj) pertaining to or producing electric current by chemical action
  2. (adj) affected by emotion as if by electricity; thrilling


  1. According to Haldeman, the reaction was galvanic.
  2. A galvanic force--ambitious, hugely inventive, avaricious--he is the portraitist of the poshest plutocrats, nobly aglitter, and the allegorist of human wreckage.
  3. Whatever the future, the young, by their sheer numbers and in the galvanic example of the McGovern campaign, have profoundly altered the chemistry of American politics.



  1. "We know there is, in that Platonic sense of the shadow of the cave, the power of the removed art that might be the galvanic thing that makes action happen," Burns said. "But there's nothing more important than spending 12 hours at the Grand...
    on Aug 2, 2009 By: Ken Burns Source: Pittsburgh Post Gazette

  2. Writing in The New York Times, Michiko Kakutani said that "instead of the jazzy, vernacular, darkly humorous language he employed to such galvanic effect in 'White Noise' and 'Underworld,' Mr. DeLillo had chosen to use spare, etiolated, almost...
    on Feb 3, 2010 By: Michiko Kakutani Source: New York Times

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