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Synonyms for goad

a pointed instrument that is used to prod into a state of motion

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a verbalization that encourages you to attempt something

give heart or courage to

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urge with or as if with a goad

stab or urge on as if with a pointed stick

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goad or provoke,as by constant criticism

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Get the matrons together, and go with offerings to the temple of Minerva driver of the spoil; there, upon the knees of Minerva, lay the largest and fairest robe you have in your house--the one you set most store by; promise, moreover, to sacrifice twelve yearling heifers that have never yet felt the goad, in the temple of the goddess if she will take pity on the town, with the wives and little ones of the Trojans, and keep the son of Tydeus from off the goodly city of Ilius, for he fights with fury, and fills men's souls with panic.
There he stood hurling insults at Numa until the beast was again goaded into leaping upward at him, and as Numa rose the noose dropped quickly over his head and about his neck.
Perhaps the memory of a past defeat at Tarzan's hands goaded him.
He dashed his head against the knotted trunk; and, lifting up his eyes, howled, not like a man, but like a savage beast being goaded to death with knives and spears.
The latter two or three times attempted to ask where they were taking him to and what they wanted, but the instant he began to open his lips they threatened to close them with the points of their lances; and Sancho fared the same way, for the moment he seemed about to speak one of those on foot punched him with a goad, and Dapple likewise, as if he too wanted to talk.
The sky had an arrogant blue which goaded the nerves like a spur.
The truth is that there was a something about Peter which goaded the pirate captain to frenzy.