Examples of incite in a Sentence
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
Recent Examples of incite from the Web
Scott has loyally supported the school choice movement, but had avoided taking a position on HB 7069, as the issue incited a groundswell of criticism and opposition from parents and teacher groups.
Ms. Griffin took the extreme escalatory rhetoric from various news outlets and violence-inciting liberal groups too far.
But the jury found that Metzger, his son and the White Aryan Resistance had incited the murder of Seraw.
Harper tossed his bat aside, charged the mound, flung his helmet wildly and incited a melee inside AT&T Park.
The attacks were incited by rumors on the messaging service WhatsApp warning of strangers who were abducting children.
The Ilısu Dam has incited controversy since it was proposed in 1954—controversy that only deepened when construction began in 2006.
In a culture that attempts to incite competition among women—
But analysts and policymakers fear an intervention in Mali could incite a wider war.
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Origin and Etymology 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 Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of incite for English Language Learners
: to cause (someone) to act in an angry, harmful, or violent way
: to cause (an angry, harmful, or violent action or feeling)
INCITE Defined for Kids
Definition of incite for Students
: to stir up usually harmful or violent action or feeling The news incited panic.
Medical Definition of incite
: to bring into being : induce to exist or occur organisms that readily incited antibody formation
Legal Definition of incite
: to urge on incite a riot
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