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incite  (ɪnˈsaɪt



  1. (transitive) to stir up or provoke to action

Derived Forms

ˌinciˈtation  noun
inˈcitement  noun
inˈciter  noun
inˈcitingly  adverb

Word Origin

C15: from Latin incitāre, from in-2 + citāre to excite


View thesaurus entry
= provoke, encourage, drive, excite, prompt, urge, spur, stimulate, set on, animate, rouse, prod, stir up, inflame, instigate, whip up, egg on, goad, impel, foment, put up to, agitate for or against

Translations for 'incite'

  • British English: incite If someone incites people to behave in a violent or illegal way, they encourage people to behave in that way. VERBHe incited his fellow citizens to take their revenge.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: incitar
  • Chinese: 煽动煽动動
  • European Spanish: incitar
  • French: inciter
  • German: aufhetzen
  • Italian: istigare
  • Japanese: 扇動する
  • Korean: 선동하다
  • Portuguese: incitar
  • Spanish: incitar

Example Sentences Including 'incite'

She had to have worn it deliberately, to incite... provoke.
Lawson, Jonell Roses are for the Rich
I was very busy with David and with my work, and I no longer had Timothy Duane to incite me to sin.
Adair, Tom (Intro) Three Kinds of Kissing - Scottish Short Stories
It is clear someone else is still working to befuddle the Clayr and incite trouble across the Kingdom.


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