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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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How does the verb abet contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of abet are foment, incite, and instigate. While all these words mean "to spur to action," abet implies both assisting and encouraging.

aiding and abetting the enemy

When might foment be a better fit than abet?

The synonyms foment and abet are sometimes interchangeable, but foment implies persistence in goading.

fomenting rebellion

When can incite be used instead of abet?

The words incite and abet can be used in similar contexts, but incite stresses a stirring up and urging on, and may or may not imply initiating.

inciting a riot

In what contexts can instigate take the place of abet?

While in some cases nearly identical to abet, instigate definitely implies responsibility for initiating another's action and often connotes underhandedness or evil intention.

instigated a conspiracy

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

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“Abet.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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