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

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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

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Wild and untouched, the Gulf of Chiriquí incites a feeling of discovery, its golden sand beaches and jungle paths offering a more bucolic lookout than that from a rooftop party in the capital. Julia Eskins, Vogue, "Why Panama is the Place to Go in 2019," 1 Jan. 2019 The report also said opposition leaders had incited violence ahead of the deployment of soldiers in the capital, Harare. Farai Mutsaka, The Seattle Times, "Zimbabwe inquiry finds army, police killed 6 during protest," 19 Dec. 2018 But the ability of hard-line clerics to organize mass rallies and incite violence against political opponents has often forced even liberal governments to bow to their demands. Fox News, "Pakistan's Ahmadis fearful as leaders bow to extremists," 28 Sep. 2018 The front that set off that wild squall line that incited even the ocean to riot, setting off a meteotsunami off Atlantic City, has stalled to the south of the region. Anthony R. Wood, Philly.com, "Flood watch for entire Phila. region as rains keep coming," 16 May 2018 Scott, who was charged under his real name Jacques Webster, was arrested and initially charged with inciting a riot, disorderly conduct and endangering the welfare of a minor in May 2017 during his concert. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Travis Scott Pleads Guilty to Disorderly Conduct After Allegedly Inciting a Riot During Concert," 6 Feb. 2018 Almost from the beginning, WhatsApp messages have been used to incite mob violence in India. Annie Gowen, Washington Post, "Indians are wild about WhatsApp. But some worry it’s hurting democracy.," 14 May 2018 Facebook is a dominant source of information in Myanmar, and civil society groups have accused it of being a kind of absentee landlord, with few moderators and systems in place to keep extremists from using Facebook posts to incite violence. Kevin Roose And Paul Mozur, New York Times, "Zuckerberg Was Called Out Over Myanmar Violence. Here’s His Apology.," 9 Apr. 2018 In the past, his story might have remained just that: an inciting incident and nothing more. Travis M. Andrews, The Seattle Times, "In a first for the Emmys, black actors sweep guest-acting categories, signaling TV’s slowly increasing diversity," 10 Sep. 2018

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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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The first known use of incite was in the 15th century

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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.
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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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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