Definition of embolden:
instigate, animate, exhort, jolly along, incite, hearten, urge on, aid, help, cheer, inspire, inspirit, recreate, uphold, quicken, assist, revivify, impel, motivate, abet, cheer up, reanimate, jolly up, support, root on, pep up, promote, barrack, repair, countenance, chirk up, renovate, vivify, urge, revive, advocate, play, sanction, encourage.
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", Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell.
The man bore the teazing and gnawing of the dog at his heels for some time, but apprehending at length, that his patience might embolden them to use still farther liberties, he turned round and shot poor Dingo dead on the spot: the owners of him set off with the utmost expedition.- "A Narrative of the Expedition to Botany Bay", Watkin Tench.
" 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", Mrs. Inchbald.