incite

verb in·cite \ in-ˈsīt \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of incite

incited; inciting
transitive verb
:to move to action :stir up :spur on :urge on

incitant

play \in-ˈsī-tᵊnt\ noun

incitement

play \in-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

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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

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 English Language Learners

incite

verb

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

incite

verb in·cite \ in-ˈsīt \

Definition of incite for Students

incited; inciting
:to stir up usually harmful or violent action or feeling The news incited panic.

Medical Dictionary

incite

transitive verb in·cite \ in-ˈsīt \

medical Definition of incite

incited; inciting
:to bring into being :induce to exist or occur
  • organisms that readily incited antibody formation

Law Dictionary

incite

transitive verb in·cite \ in-ˈsīt \

legal Definition of incite

incited; inciting
:to urge on
  • incite a riot

incitement

noun


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