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Word of the Day–3/2/2011

Posted by ccasc on March 2, 2011

Galvanize

[gal-vuh-nahyz] (v.) to to startle into sudden activity; stimulate.

*derived from the French galvanizer, from galvanisme, meaning “to excite, stimulate (as if by electricity)”

“There are some men whom a staggering emotional shock, so far from making them mental invalids for life, seems, on the other hand, to awaken, to galvanize, to arouse into an almost incredible activity of soul.”

~William McFee

 

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