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abet

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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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set in motion

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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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bear a hand, to stand one in good stead

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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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