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incite (ɪnˈsaɪt Pronunciation for incite



  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'

And Hilali himself told SBS radio he hadn't supported jihad, or tried to incite hatred of the West.
Courier, Sunday Mail (2004)
He said peacekeepers might be welcome for a short time, but any prolonged presence could incite emotions.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
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.
Police are investigating whether the lyrics incite violence against homosexuals, therefore making them illegal.
NME (New Musical Express) (2004)
She had to have worn it deliberately, to incite... provoke.
Lawson, Jonell Roses are for the Rich
To that end, let her possess beauty but only to a modest degree, so it shouldn't incite desire among the goyim.
Irma Kurtz THEN AGAIN: Travels in search of my younger self (2003)
Yesterday's meeting was a cynical ploy to get people excited and incite a repeat of January's events, he said.
canada.com (2004)


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