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galvanize is a synonym of motivate

verb [ gal-vuh-nahyz ]

galvanize is another word for motivate

Both verbs suggest prompting or encouraging a person or group to undertake something or to pursue something, Motivate refers to giving a person or group a reason or a desire to do a thing, or to pursue it with more drive (players motivated by a monetary prize; the teacher who motivated her to go to college). Galvanize refers to stimulating or energizing a person or group into action, particularly by provoking a response. The typical object of galvanize is a large group—the public, voters, the community, a movement—or the collective sentiment, opinion, efforts or actions of a group (a speech that galvanized public opinion).

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galvanize support
The campaign galvanized support in the community for making several of the residential blocks a pedestrian zone.
issue + galvanize
Lack of access to health-care may be an issue that galvanizes voters in this election.

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ballyhoo is a synonym of publicity

noun [ bal-ee-hoo ]

ballyhoo is another word for publicity

Both words refer to activities engaged in by businesses or other enterprising organizations to gain public attention, such as advertising campaigns or press junkets. However, there are no ballyhoo departments. Publicity is the official and neutral term. Ballyhoo refers specifically, and usually dismissively, to a noisy style of promotion that is blatant, excessive, or extravagant. It’s commonly paired with “hype” and often appears preceded by “much” or “all the”: the play premiered amid much ballyhoo. In general usage, ballyhoo is sometimes used more loosely to mean media attention and public buzz no matter the source. Inevitably, what receives the ballyhoo doesn’t merit the clamor surrounding it.

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amid much ballyhoo
The new phone was launched amid much ballyhoo, although early adopters were hard-pressed to find any significant differences between it and last year’s model.
ballyhoo + hype
I don’t usually go see movies that have been surrounded by ballyhoo and hype since well before their release, but I joined the crowd for this one and was not disappointed.

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ennui is a synonym of boredom

noun [ ahn-wee, ahn-wee ]

ennui is another word for boredom

There’s nothing more ordinary than boredom, the restless or weary state that comes from not being interested in any pursuit available to you (the boredom of a long commute). Ennui, a borrowing from French, is boredom taken more seriously. Ennui can suggest a more profound, philosophical or spiritual condition rather than lack of interest (existential ennui; suburban ennui; adolescent ennui). Although the expression “die of boredom” is one of the most common contexts for the word, ennui tends to be treated more as an actual illness or malaise: people are said to suffer from ennui and to overcome it. Angst, frustration, despair, and loneliness are some common companions of ennui.

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suffer from ennui
Having attained her dream life, she began to suffer from ennui, making her question whether impressive jobs and a nicer car were really what she wanted.
existential ennui
It’s not uncommon for the young people in a small, economically depressed town to experience existential ennui, so it is important that their high-school teachers encourage them to create their own opportunities.

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