Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To comfort and embolden, encourage, animate, hearten

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To give heart to; to fill with courage; to embolden.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To hearten up; encourage; animate; embolden.

Etymologies

En- (an intensifying prefix) + hearten (to imbue with confidence, courage, hope, or strength; to cheer). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I Sam. 1: 5 states that in order to enhearten Hannah, her husband would always give her “one, a double portion [manah ahat apayim]” of the offering at Shiloh.

    Hannah: Midrash and Aggadah.

  • But the victory did little to enhearten the captains.

    The Lord of the Rings

  • Indeed, he had done little but groan in all the hours they had spent together since they were brought ashore from the carack; and had the season permitted her so much reflection, she might have considered that she had found him singularly wanting during those hours of stress when a man of worth would have made some effort, however desperate, to enhearten her rather than repine upon his own plight.

    The Sea-Hawk

  • But he still had his letter in his pocket, and in time that served to enhearten him.

    Clementina

  • Buoyed up by these sanguine expectations, Douglas undertook a tour through New England, not to make stump speeches, he declared, but to visit and enhearten his followers.

    Stephen A. Douglas A Study in American Politics

  • There was such an air of confidence in Cosmo's manner and words that this simple statement did much to enhearten the others.

    The Second Deluge

  • The everyday problems we face cannot compare to the sorrows of Mary and this certainty should enhearten us to stand committed to our faith in times of problems and troubles.

    Fr. Stephen Cuyos, MSC

  • Such knowledge as that will enhearten a man through any trial. "

    The Sea-Hawk

  • But hast nought else to say to enhearten me in my travel? "

    The Sundering Flood

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