One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Set on fire.‘the glare from its enkindled roof illumined its innermost recesses’
light, ignite, kindle, set fire to, set on fire, set alight, set ablaze, put a match to, touch off, spark off, incinerateView synonyms
- ‘Come, Holy Spirit, and enkindle in my heart the fire of God's love.’
- ‘May God, through the merits and intercession of Saint Monica, increase our faith, strengthen our hope, and enkindle the fire of charity in our hearts.’
- ‘When their husbands died in the battles and enemies invaded their forts, they would enkindle wood fire and jump into it to join their husbands in the next world.’
- ‘Disastrous miscalculations and conflict can enkindle violent wildfires.’
2Arouse or inspire (an emotion)‘fresh remembrance of vexation must still enkindle rage’
arouse, awaken, prompt, cause, induce, ignite, trigger, kindle, produce, generate, bring out, bring about, give rise to, sow the seeds ofView synonyms
- ‘That you would enkindle joy and hope in our hearts. and turn us into candles burning brightly in the winds of life.’
- ‘The ominous and subtle variations are unnerving as they enkindle vague senses of dread.’
- ‘Also, there is little doubt in my mind that you will handle the presentation of the gift with a sensitivity that will insure dignity to, and enkindle joy in, the person receiving your token of appreciation.’
- ‘Absence is to love what wind is to fire; it extinguishes the small, it enkindles the great.’
- ‘It is bound to evoke the sympathy and enkindle the imagination of every modern reader.’
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