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[in-sahyt] /ɪnˈsaɪt/
verb (used with object), incited, inciting.
to stir, encourage, or urge on; stimulate or prompt to action:
to incite a crowd to riot.
1475-85; < Latin incitāre, equivalent to in- in-2 + citāre to start up, excite; see cite
Related forms
incitable, adjective
incitant, adjective, noun
[in-sahy-tey-shuh n, -si-] /ˌɪn saɪˈteɪ ʃən, -sɪ-/ (Show IPA),
inciter, noun
incitingly, adverb
reincite, verb (used with object), reincited, reinciting.
unincited, adjective
Can be confused
incitable, insightful.
incite, insight (see synonym study at the current entry)
instigate, provoke, goad, spur, arouse, exhort; fire; induce. Incite, rouse, provoke, inflame are verbs meaning to goad or inspire an individual or a group to take some action or to express some feeling. Incite and rouse are similar in that, although they can imply in some contexts abrasive or inflammatory arousal of violent or uncontrolled behavior, neither necessarily does so. Incite means simply to induce activity, of whatever kind: incited to greater effort by encouragement; incited to riot. Rouse has an underlying sense of awakening: to rouse the apathetic soldiers to a determination to win; to rouse the inattentive public to an awareness of the danger. Provoke implies a sense of challenge or irritation along with arousal and often suggests a resultant anger or violence: provoked by scathing references to his accomplishments; to provoke a wave of resentment. Inflame, with its root sense to set afire, implies a resultant intensity and passion: to inflame a mob by fiery speeches; He was inflamed to rage by constant frustration.
discourage. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for inciting


(transitive) to stir up or provoke to action
Derived Forms
incitation, noun
incitement, noun
inciter, noun
incitingly, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin incitāre, from in-² + citāre to excite
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Word Origin and History for inciting



mid-15c., from Middle French enciter (14c.), from Latin incitare "to put into rapid motion," figuratively "rouse, urge, encourage, stimulate," from in- "into, in, on, upon" (see in- (2)) + citare "move, excite" (see cite). Related: Incited; inciting.

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