incite

verb
in·​cite | \ in-ˈsīt How to pronounce incite (audio) \
incited; inciting

Definition of incite

transitive verb

: to move to action : stir up : spur on : urge on

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Other Words from incite

incitant \ in-​ˈsī-​tᵊnt How to pronounce incite (audio) \ noun
incitement \ in-​ˈsīt-​mənt How to pronounce incite (audio) \ noun
inciter noun

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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

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 on the Web Judges and prosecutors alike were concerned that Trump’s words could once again incite political violence. Marshall Cohen, CNN, 9 July 2021 The decree also forbids meetings meant to incite disorder. New York Times, 7 July 2021 Meanwhile, Beijing is less likely to make foreign policy concessions or adopt a softer tone that the public would view as weakness, because that could incite unrest and undermine the party’s claim to rule, observers say. Ann Scott Tyson, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 July 2021 Weeks after Hong Kong enforced the national security law in August 2020, police arrested Lai in his home, accusing him of violating the new law by colluding with foreign forces, attempting to incite succession, and committing fraud. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, 21 June 2021 Give them the wheel and you are bound to crash, and likely incite a pileup on the nearest interstate. Ellevate, Forbes, 14 June 2021 There is some concern that exploring the theory will further incite xenophobia—with China being blamed for every consequence of a pandemic that the United States also failed to control. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, 13 June 2021 The intent, Paul argued, was to incite another violent attack against him. Washington Post, 25 May 2021 Democrats said during closing arguments that Trump's Jan. 6 speech did not alone incite his supporters to storm the Capitol. Brian Slodysko, ajc, 13 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of incite

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for incite

Middle French inciter, from Latin incitare, from in- + citare to put in motion — more at cite

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20 Jul 2021

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“Incite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/incite. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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More Definitions for incite

incite

verb

English Language Learners 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)

incite

verb
in·​cite | \ in-ˈsīt How to pronounce incite (audio) \
incited; inciting

Kids Definition of incite

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

incite

transitive verb
in·​cite | \ in-ˈsīt How to pronounce incite (audio) \
incited; inciting

Medical Definition of incite

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

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incite

transitive verb
in·​cite | \ in-ˈsīt How to pronounce incite (audio) \
incited; inciting

Legal Definition of incite

: to urge on incite a riot

Other Words from incite

incitement noun

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