verb (used with object), gal·va·nized, gal·va·niz·ing.
Origin of galvanize
Synonyms for galvanize
Related Words for galvanizedshock, energize, invigorate, stun, motivate, excite, jolt, startle, arouse, stir, frighten, provoke, spur, astonish, prime, thrill, pique, fire, move, electrify
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Contemporary Examples of galvanized
The state was in a deep recession as Duke galvanized a racial backlash.The Louisiana Racists Who Courted Steve Scalise
January 3, 2015
It is this very sensitive issue that has galvanized widespread resistance from previously loyal campesinos.China’s Nicaragua Canal Could Spark a New Central America Revolution
November 30, 2014
Independent union organization was galvanized by the revolution.Once Key Players in the Revolution, Egypt's Workers Stand Down
October 23, 2013
The case also galvanized the gay-rights movement, which grew exponentially in its wake.The Sodomy Case That May Sway Justice Kennedy’s Same-Sex Marriage Vote
March 25, 2013
It was a startling move from a globally renowned activist who galvanized women to push for an end to civil war.A Nobel Smackdown in Liberia: Leymah Gbowee vs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
October 10, 2012
Historical Examples of galvanized
Eric galvanized his attention and turned with a murmur of apology.The Education of Eric Lane
Figure 52 shows a galvanized iron tank for the same purpose.Rural Hygiene
Henry N. Ogden
What galvanized Callahan was that the words were so simple, so all-covering, and so easy.The Daughter of a Magnate
Frank H. Spearman
In another corner was a galvanized bucket, a broom, and a scrubbing-brush.Antony Gray,--Gardener
The best wire for this purpose is annealed, galvanized iron.Home Taxidermy for Pleasure and Profit
Albert B. Farnham
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.