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abet

verb

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1 to bring (something volatile or intense) into being
  • the belief that violent entertainment abets violent behavior in the people who partake of it

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2 to provide (someone) with what is useful or necessary to achieve an end
  • car thieves are often unwittingly abetted by owners foolishly leaving the keys in the ignition

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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

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The first known use of abet was in the 14th century

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“Abet.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/abet. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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