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Definition of goad:

  1. A pointed instrument used to urge on a beast; hence, any necessity that urges or stimulates.
  2. To prick; to drive with a goad; hence, to urge forward, or to rouse by anything pungent, severe, irritating, or inflaming; to stimulate.

Synonyms:

nettle, stimulus, cock up, motivation, disincentive, antagonize, frustrate, blunt instrument, infuriate, gad, spur, annoy, cudgel, evil, stimulant, prick up, tease, urging, goading, cloud, excite, anger, irritate, needle, incitement, instigation, arouse, deterrent, incitation, prod, whip, prick, spur track, impetus, acantha, kiss of death, madden, bullwhip, yeast, branch line, prickle, rowel, boost, blow, spine, club, importunity, momentum, prodding, cosh, boomerang, urgency, inspirit, battering ram, deterrence, bite, drive someone mad, hammer blow, knobkierie, crime, sting, bother, animate, spurring, twinge, provocation, brass knuckles, encouragement, incentive.

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