Incite meaning

ĭn-sīt'
The definition of incite is to rile people up or to inspire and encourage specific behavior.

An example of incite is when you get people so mad that they start a riot.

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To rouse, stir up or excite.

The judge was told by the accused that his friends had to incite him to commit the crime.

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To provoke and urge on.

Troublemakers who incite riots; inciting workers to strike.

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To urge to action; stir up; rouse.
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Origin of incite

  • Middle English encyten from Old French enciter from Latin incitāre to urge forward in- intensive pref. in–2 citāre to stimulate frequentative of ciēre to put in motion keiə- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle French inciter, from Latin incitare (“to set in motion, hasten, urge, incite”), from in (“in, on”) + citare (“to set in motion, urge”), frequentative of ciere (“to rouse, excite, call”).
    From Wiktionary