Definition of enkindle in English:



[WITH OBJECT]literary
  • 1Set on fire.

    • ‘Disastrous miscalculations and conflict can enkindle violent wildfires.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is bound to evoke the sympathy and enkindle the imagination of every modern reader.’
      • ‘That you would enkindle joy and hope in our hearts. and turn us into candles burning brightly in the winds of life.’
      • ‘Absence is to love what wind is to fire; it extinguishes the small, it enkindles the great.’
      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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