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  • nounstimulus
  • verbegg on, incite

synonyms for goad

  • catalyst
  • compulsion
  • desire
  • drive
  • impetus
  • impulse
  • impulsion
  • incentive
  • incitation
  • incitement
  • irritation
  • lash
  • lust
  • motivation
  • passion
  • pressure
  • prod
  • spur
  • urge
  • whip
  • zeal
See also synonyms for: goaded / goading
  • coerce
  • harass
  • hound
  • prod
  • provoke
  • tease
  • animate
  • annoy
  • arouse
  • bully
  • drive
  • encourage
  • excite
  • exhort
  • force
  • goose
  • impel
  • inspirit
  • instigate
  • irritate
  • lash
  • move
  • needle
  • press
  • prick
  • prompt
  • propel
  • push
  • rowel
  • sic
  • sound
  • spark
  • spur
  • stimulate
  • sting
  • thrust
  • trigger
  • urge
  • whip
  • worry
  • fire up
  • key up
  • put up to
  • turn on
  • work up
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antonyms for goad

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  • block
  • disgust
  • dislike
  • hate
  • hatred
  • hindrance
  • indifference
  • deterrent
  • discouragement
  • diversion
  • restraint
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How to use goad in a sentence

Thus began Johns’s career-long fascination with signs and symbols — not as a subject for representation, but as a goad to pure painting.
SEEING JASPER JOHNS: BLOCKBUSTER EXHIBITION REVEALS A BRILLIANT BUT BLEAK LEGACYPHILIP KENNICOTTSEPTEMBER 29, 2021WASHINGTON POST
He had no choice but to take up the goad and to do what he did.
DANIEL MENAKER, AUTHOR AND CELEBRATED EDITOR AT THE NEW YORKER AND RANDOM HOUSE, DIES AT 79HARRISON SMITHOCTOBER 29, 2020WASHINGTON POST
Egypt is like a fair and beautiful heifer: there shall come from the north one that shall goad her.
THE BIBLE, DOUAY-RHEIMS VERSIONVARIOUS
He called to her, he rallied her; he signalled to Thyrsis to help him—to inspire her, to goad her to new endurance.
LOVE'S PILGRIMAGEUPTON SINCLAIR
The mahout reached down with his silver tipped goad and touched the elephant on the knee.
THE ADVENTURES OF KATHLYNHAROLD MACGRATH
The mahout, fully awake to the danger, beat the old rascal mightily with his goad.
THE ADVENTURES OF KATHLYNHAROLD MACGRATH
In his hand he carried a long-handled ox-whip, with a short goad in the butt of it.
EARTH'S ENIGMASCHARLES G. D. ROBERTS
He did not understand that variety of feminine guile which seeks to goad to action one who refuses to be led.
BLOW THE MAN DOWNHOLMAN DAY
Most girls goad their young men to buy these cigarettes and make collections of the photos.
HYACINTHGEORGE A. BIRMINGHAM
Shamgar, we are told, one of the earliest of the Judges, slew six hundred of them "with an ox-goad."
EARLY ISRAEL AND THE SURROUNDING NATIONSARCHIBALD SAYCE
SYNONYM OF THE DAY
OCTOBER 26, 1985
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WORDS RELATED TO GOAD

  • advocate
  • back
  • condone
  • egg on
  • encourage
  • endorse
  • goad
  • incite
  • instigate
  • prod
  • promote
  • provoke
  • sanction
  • spur
  • support
  • urge
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.