incite


incite

verb

Definition of INCITE

1
to bring (something volatile or intense) into being <the rock band's failure to show up incited a riot, as the crowd had waited for hours>
Synonyms abet, brew, ferment, foment, instigate, pick, provoke, raise, stir (up), whip (up)
Phrases set in motion
2
to rouse to strong feeling or action <the demagogue's fiery rant incited the crowd to riot>
Near Antonyms calm, soothe, subdue, tranquilize (also tranquillize); appease, mollify, pacify, placate

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