verb (used with object), gal·va·nized, gal·va·niz·ing.
Origin of galvanize
Synonyms for galvanize
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This shock was all the more terrible as it seemed to galvanise a corpse.Therese Raquin
It might still be that she would be able to galvanise him into that lover's vitality, of which she had dreamed.Is He Popenjoy?
A Mr. Gilmore purchased it, and endeavoured to galvanise it into life.Memoirs
Charles Godfrey Leland
It is to be a literary battery to galvanise Grey Town into energy.Grey Town
Madame Rachel can only galvanise the corpse, not revivify it.The Paris Sketch Book of Mr. M. A. Titmarsh: The Irish Sketch Book
William Makepeace Thackeray
1802, from French galvaniser, from galvanisme (see galvanism). Figurative sense of "excite, stimulate (as if by electricity)" first recorded 1853. Meaning "to coat with metal by means of galvanic electricity" (especially to plate iron with tin, but now typically to plate it with zinc) is from 1839.
He'll swear that in her dancing she cuts all others out,
Though like a Gal that's galvanized, she throws her legs about.
[Thomas Hood, "Love has not Eyes," 1845]
Related: Galvanized; galvanizing.