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

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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 For some, this might incite scary flashbacks to days at school. Naomi Tomky, Fortune, "Bars and Restaurants Around the Country Are Turning Into Classrooms," 27 Dec. 2019 Her father’s hateful rhetoric incited violence throughout the south — including Bloody Sunday in 1965, when Rep. John Lewis and other peaceful marchers were beaten by state troopers after crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma. Sam Gillette, PEOPLE.com, "George Wallace’s Daughter Reckons With His Segregationist Past: 'I Just Knew It Was Wrong'," 20 Dec. 2019 The latter charge is for allegedly sharing information that insulted and incited hate against the Nigerian president. NBC News, "New Jersey man, a renowned journalist, held in his native Nigeria for nearly 3 months," 2 Nov. 2019 Beijing has seized on the images to portray the movement as a coddled, westernized middle class incited by foreign organizations and governments to rebel against the world’s largest communist country, China. Washington Post, "Anti-establishment views unite, divide Hong Kong protesters," 9 Jan. 2020 They were charged by the federal government with conspiracy, inciting to riot, and other charges arising from counterculture protests in Chicago at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, "Jeremy Strong out-pranked Sacha Baron Cohen on the set of The Trial of the Chicago 7," 7 Jan. 2020 He is accused of criminal association and inciting hate. Wired Staff, Wired, "One Free Press Coalition Spotlights Journalists Under Attack," 6 Jan. 2020 National lists, regardless of their research merit, draw interest from people both in metro Phoenix and out of state, giving locals recommendations for where to eat and — if nothing else — inciting discussion. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "Phoenix's food scene got a whole lot of recognition in 2019. Here are 12 takeaways," 31 Dec. 2019 The dismissed complaint further alleges that Mckesson did nothing to prevent the violence or to calm the crowd, and, indeed, alleges that Mckesson ‘incited the violence on behalf of [Black Lives Matter].’ . . Jack Greiner, Cincinnati.com, "Strictly Legal: Does the First Amendment matter to Black Lives Matter?," 24 Dec. 2019

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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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“Incite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/incitement?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=i&file=incite03. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for incite

incite

verb
How to pronounce incite (audio)

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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