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)
Examples of incite
The news incited widespread fear and paranoia.
<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
Medical Definition of incite
: to bring into being : induce to exist or occur <organisms that readily incited antibody formation>
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