10. Galvanize

Definition: (verb) shock or excite (someone), typically into taking action

Replaces: motivates

Often times while writing, it's advantageous to address how the author's words and technique affect the reader.

If the writer aims to galvanize his readers, he or she is basically calling the reader to action, to stand up against egregious crimes, erroneous accusations, or a myriad of other injustices.

If you notice that the author employs intense diction, or asserts outright that his speech is meant to engender change, you should probably us the word โ€œgalvanizeโ€ at least once in your essay!

After seeing that word in your essay, your teacher will reason that you understood the text well and were able to create an essay regarding the most salient theme in the piece.

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