made bold or bolder; given the courage or nerve to do something daring, challenging, or controversial: It was unclear whether the missile fire was the work of an emboldened rebel force, the military, or some mixture of both.
the simple past tense and past participle of embolden.
- Rarely im·bold·ened [im-bohl-dnd] /ɪmˈboʊl dnd/ .
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How to use emboldened in a sentence
Some of the things that were put out were emboldened by our political climate and racial division.The biggest conspiracy theories of 2020 (and why they won’t die) | Danielle Abril | December 31, 2020 | Fortune
Swinney is clearly emboldened by the success of his program — five straight CFP appearances and two national titles — and his say-anything madness is often entertaining.An easy guide to lobbying for a College Football Playoff spot during a pandemic: Don’t | Barry Svrluga | December 18, 2020 | Washington Post
The housemade sausage, a pork link emboldened with brisket fat, snaps on first bite, its richness cut ever so gently with pickle brine.
How the passing offense succeeded late, even though the Giants often knew passes were coming, emboldened the players as well.How Washington’s passing offense clicked against the Giants — and what it means going forward | Sam Fortier | November 9, 2020 | Washington Post
Winning at any cost or by stoking a voter’s fear of an already marginalized group of people only emboldens those who want to see America weakened.I’m a trans Republican and I oppose transphobic attacks on Ortiz Jones | Jennifer Williams | November 2, 2020 | Washington Blade
The more we appease, the more we indulge, the more emboldened the enemies of freedom become.Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Our Duty Is to Keep Charlie Hebdo Alive | Ayaan Hirsi Ali | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Spirits in Stanleyville were high, and a local 19-year-old was emboldened by independence fever.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis | Nina Strochlic | November 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Some of this, she suspects, is because gay men have been emboldened by their sexual outsider status.Coming Out Kinky to Your Doctor, in Black and Blue | Heather Boerner | October 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
They also emboldened the Kurdish defenders, who are lightly armed and fending off heavy armor.
They will be emboldened in their tactics and will only demand more and more.What the Archbishop of Canterbury Should Have Said About Gay Rights | Gene Robinson | April 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Some of his comments on Homer Smith were not very complimentary, and this emboldened Eloise to tell him who her real father was.The Cromptons | Mary J. Holmes
Her favourable looks emboldened him to speak; and after the formal salutation, "Great Queen, live for ever!"Sarchedon | G. J. (George John) Whyte-Melville
Verily, the spirit of that Filipina in an American would have emboldened her to wear—bloomers?A Woman's Journey through the Philippines | Florence Kimball Russel
At length, emboldened by the long and patient watchfulness of his enemies, the Huron attempted a better and more fatal aim.The Last of the Mohicans | James Fenimore Cooper
But instead of disconcerting, that inquiring gaze rather emboldened me.