in·​ci·​ta·​tion ˌin-ˌsī-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce incitation (audio)
: an act of inciting : stimulation
: something that incites to action : incentive

Examples of incitation in a Sentence

the rabble-rousing speech was seen by many as an incitation to ethnic violence a mild heart attack was all the incitation he needed to adopt an exercise regimen and a healthy diet
Recent Examples on the Web But one chat room over, the server was filled with racist memes, sexist and ableist slurs, antisemitic messages, and incitations of violence against women and people of color. Ash Parrish, The Verge, 18 Mar. 2024 Between these voices of reason and incitation, between these two seemingly different men, lie 22 years of power and five American presidents. New York Times, 26 Mar. 2022 Bolsonaro will still have to stand trial for accusations of slander and incitation to rape. Mauricio Savarese, Fox News, 12 Sep. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of incitation was in the 15th century

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“Incitation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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