AskDefine | Define incite

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1 give an incentive for action; "This moved me to sacrifice my career" [syn: motivate, actuate, propel, move, prompt]
2 provoke or stir up; "incite a riot"; "set off great unrest among the people" [syn: instigate, set off, stir up]
3 urge on; cause to act; "They other children egged the boy on, but he did not want to throw the stone through the window" [syn: prod, egg on]

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  1. To rouse, stir up or excite.
    The judge was told by the accused that his friends had to incite him to commit the crime.


Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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