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incite

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of incite

  1. 1 to bring (something volatile or intense) into being the rock band's failure to show up incited a riot, as the crowd had waited for hours Synonyms of incite abet, brew, ferment, foment, instigate, pick, provoke, raise, stir (up), whip (up) Words Related to incite advance, cultivate, encourage, forward, foster, further, nourish, nurture, promote, sow, stimulate; detonate, set, set off, trigger; excite, galvanize, inflame (also enflame), inspire, motivate, rouse; activate, energize, enliven, fire, invigorate, jazz (up), liven (up), pep (up), quicken, stimulate, vitalize Phrases set in motion Near Antonyms of incite bridle, check, constrain, curb, discourage, hold, inhibit, regulate, rein (in), restrain, tame; allay, calm, quiet, settle, soothe, still, subdue, tranquilize (also tranquillize)

  2. 2 to rouse to strong feeling or action the demagogue's fiery rant incited the crowd to riot Synonyms of incite arouse, encourage, excite, fire (up), impassion, provoke, instigate, move, pique, rev (up), spark, stimulate, stirWords Related to incite fan, ignite, inflame (also enflame), kindle, trigger; activate, animate, drive, energize, galvanize, induce, inspire, key (up), motivate, motive, pump up, quicken, set off, vitalize; abet, ferment, foment, raise, whip (up); anger, enrage, madden, upset; jeer, taunt, tease; aggravate, annoy, bother, exasperate, gall, get, irritate, vexNear Antonyms of incite calm, soothe, subdue, tranquilize (also tranquillize); appease, mollify, pacify, placate

Synonym Discussion of 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

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