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incite

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verb in·cite \in-ˈsīt\

Simple Definition of incite

  • : to cause (someone) to act in an angry, harmful, or violent way

  • : to cause (an angry, harmful, or violent action or feeling)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of incite

incitedinciting

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to move to action :  stir up :  spur on :  urge on

incitant play \-ˈsī-tənt\ noun
incitement play \-ˈsīt-mənt\ noun
inciter noun

Examples of incite in a sentence

  1. The news incited widespread fear and paranoia.

  2. <the rock band's failure to show up incited a riot, as the crowd had waited for hours>



Origin of incite

Middle French inciter, from Latin incitare, from in- + citare to put in motion — more at cite


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of incite

incite, instigate, abet, foment mean to spur to action. incite stresses a stirring up and urging on, and may or may not imply initiating <inciting a riot>. instigate definitely implies responsibility for initiating another's action and often connotes underhandedness or evil intention <instigated a conspiracy>. abet implies both assisting and encouraging <aiding and abetting the enemy>. foment implies persistence in goading <fomenting rebellion>.

INCITE Defined for Kids

incite

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verb in·cite \in-ˈsīt\

Definition of incite for Students

incitedinciting

  1. :  to stir up usually harmful or violent action or feeling <The news incited panic.>




Medical Dictionary

incite

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transitive verb in·cite \in-ˈsīt\

Medical Definition of incite

incited; inciting

  1. :  to bring into being :  induce to exist or occur <organisms that readily incited antibody formation>




Law Dictionary

incite

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transitive verb in·cite \in-ˈsīt\

Legal Definition of incite

incitedinciting

  1. :  to urge on <incite a riot>

incitement noun




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