Definition of enkindle in US English:



[with object]literary
  • 1Set on fire.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Come, Holy Spirit, and enkindle in my heart the fire of God's love.’
    light, ignite, kindle, set fire to, set on fire, set alight, set ablaze, put a match to, touch off, spark off, incinerate
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    1. 1.1 Arouse or inspire (an emotion)
      ‘fresh remembrance of vexation must still enkindle rage’
      • ‘That you would enkindle joy and hope in our hearts. and turn us into candles burning brightly in the winds of life.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The ominous and subtle variations are unnerving as they enkindle vague senses of dread.’
      • ‘It is bound to evoke the sympathy and enkindle the imagination of every modern reader.’
      arouse, awaken, prompt, cause, induce, ignite, trigger, kindle, produce, generate, bring out, bring about, give rise to, sow the seeds of
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