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incite

Line breaks: in¦cite
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈsʌɪt
 
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Definition of incite in English:

verb

[with object]
1Encourage or stir up (violent or unlawful behaviour): they conspired to incite riots
More example sentences
  • The Public Order Act of 1986 made it a criminal offence to incite racial hatred - but its provisions do not extend to sexual orientation.
  • I am aware that Britain has legislation which makes it a criminal offence to incite racial hatred.
  • Britain must be free to act against extremists who stir up hatred and incite terrorism.
Synonyms
1.1Urge or persuade (someone) to act in a violent or unlawful way: he incited loyal subjects to rebellion
More example sentences
  • Thus pre-vindicated, any troublemaker can now articulate his freedom of umbrage, on the grounds that he was incited to violence by a poem, novel, painting, play, or critique.
  • And it did not incite me to physical violence, but it changed me, materially, and my world.
  • Students in the band said they're just singing the lyrics and not inciting anyone to do anything.

Origin

late 15th century (earlier ( late Middle English) as incitation): from French inciter, from Latin incitare, from in- 'towards' + citare 'rouse'.

Derivatives

inciter

1
noun
Example sentences
  • All populist right-wing movements, inciters to violence and hatred, are adept in the language of Grievance.
  • But the possibility that apathy may subvert anarchy does not absolve its inciters from responsibility.
  • All along we've thought that something subversive was in our midst, perhaps a maker of effigies, or an inciter of revolutions.

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