January 16, 2013
hearten (verb)
\HAHR-tun\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: to cheer up : encourage
How do you use it?
Having been drenched on our hike to the top of the mountain, we were heartened by the break in the storm clouds.
Are you a word wiz?

Which of the following do you think is a synonym for "hearten"?

Be heartened even if you didn't guess that "encourage" is a synonym for "hearten." Both of these words, along with "embolden," have to do with filling a person with courage or strength of purpose. "Hearten" implies the lifting of discouragement by a fresh shot of courage (as in, "a patient heartened by the doctor's good news"). "Encourage" suggests the raising of confidence by someone or something (such as, "a student encouraged by her teacher's praise"). "Embolden" implies the giving of enough courage to overcome hesitation (for example, "a new sky diver emboldened by the successful jump to try an even higher one").
Archive RSS Feed