American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To kindle; set on fire; inflame.
- Hence To excite; rouse into action; inflame: as, to enkindle the passions; to enkindle zeal; to enkindle war or discord, or the flames of war.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To set on fire; to inflame; to kindle.
- v. To excite; to rouse into action; to incite.
- v. cause to start burning
- v. call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
“Here he still speaks, I think, in a free, off-hand, even jesting,  manner ( 'enkindle' meaning merely 'excite you to _hope_ for').”
“I doubt whether 'enkindle' has not another sense than that of”
“And on the other hand, the power and the spells of the devilish non-humans, who enkindle the evils, increase and become powerful.”
“Place your Heart deep in the center of our hearts and enkindle in each heart a flame of love as strong, as great, as the sum of all the reasons that I have for loving you, my God.”
“Because such teachings are widespread in Tibet, from childhood we became accustomed to such phrases, providing us with a model of how to view others and enkindle a kind attitude toward others.”
“All of this should serve to enkindle fervour within us reciprocally and assist us in our mutual striving for paradise.”
“Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of thy faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Thy love.”
“Let us direct, with trust, our gaze to Mary, sanctuary of the Holy Spirit, and through her, let us pray, "Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love.”
“Lord God, deepen our faith, strengthen our hope, enkindle our love: and so that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command.”
“If it is any point requiring reflection," observed Dupin, as he forbore to enkindle the wick, "we shall examine it to better purpose in the dark.”
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