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Definition of Goad


  1. A pointed instrument used to urge on a beast; hence, any necessity that urges or stimulates.
  2. To prick; to drive with a goad; hence, to urge forward, or to rouse by anything pungent, severe, irritating, or inflaming; to stimulate.

Goad Quotations

Most dangerous is that temptation that doth goad us on to sin in loving virtue.
William Shakespeare

Though the dungeon, the scourge, and the executioner be absent, the guilty mind can apply the goad and scorch with blows.

My goal is to goad people into saying something that ruins their life.
Don Imus

But a lot of writers - and I'm one of them - do tend to feel dissatisfied. It makes you a little hard to live with, but it's a goad and does keep you alert and restless.
Tobias Wolff
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Goad Translations

goad in German is antreiben
goad in Norwegian is egge, piggstav
goad in Spanish is aguijar
goad in Swedish is sporra, egga

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