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- v. To give fresh spirit to.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To give fresh spirit to.
Mr. Obama's newly confrontational attitude toward the GOP may be sufficient to reinspirit the left and forestall any primary protest.
When old Denis got the young sogarth fairly in motion, he gently drew himself out of the dispute, but continued a running comment upon the son's erudition, pointed out his good things, and occasionally resumed the posture of the controversialist to reinspirit the boy if he appeared to flag.
This struggle of the passions, however, this conflict betwixt modesty and lovesick longings, made me burst again into tears; which he took, as he had done before, only for the remains of concern and emotion at the suddenness of my change of condition, in committing myself to his care; and, in consequence of that idea, did and said all that he thought would most comfort and reinspirit me.
She could reinspire and reinspirit; she chooses merely to excite.
With your column, you too, could have chosen to "reinspire" or "reinspirit".
Noonan was ascribing the vulgarization of the election to the politicians who are commanding America's attention - "[Palin] could reinspire and reinspirit; she chooses merely to excite" - and not to the crowd that trains its eyes on them.
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