Embolden vs Instigate - What's the difference?

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Embolden is a related term of instigate.


As verbs the difference between embolden and instigate

is that embolden is to render (someone) bolder or more courageous while instigate is to goad or urge forward; to set on; to provoke; to incite.

embolden

English

Verb

(en verb)
  • To render (someone) bolder or more courageous.
  • To encourage, inspire, or motivate.
  • (typography) To format text in boldface.
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  • The tags

    indicate paragraphs breaks, and we have included some basic text formatting: for emphasis (typically italics), for underline and to embolden text.

    Synonyms

    * (typography) boldface

    References

    instigate

    English

    (Webster 1913)

    Verb

    (instigat)
  • To goad or urge forward; to set on; to provoke; to incite.
  • He hath only instigated his blackest agents to the very extent of their malignity. -Bp. Warburton.

    Usage notes

    Commonly used with reference to evil actions; as, to instigate one to a crime.

    Synonyms

    * (to goad or urge forward): animate, encourage, impel, incite, provoke, spur, stimulate, tempt, urge

    Antonyms

    * (to goad or urge forward): halt, prevent, stop

    Derived terms

    * instigation * instigator