- to encourage, support, or countenance by aid or approval, usually in wrongdoing: to abet a swindler; to abet a crime.
Origin of abet
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Examples from the Web for abet
Those who did so used their medical training not to care for patients, but to abet their abuse.‘Rectal Feeding’ Has Nothing to Do with Nutrition, Everything to Do with Torture
December 10, 2014
To view these nudes is not quite to abet evil, but it is to undermine decency.From ISIS Videos to JLaw Nudes, When Is Looking Abetting Evil?
September 3, 2014
Yet, far from nudging Rajapaksa toward greater accountability, their presence in Sri Lanka is likely only to abet his rise.Mahinda Rajapaksa and Sri Lanka’s Reign of Terror
November 15, 2013
He was there to aid and abet when Wade got hot in the fourth quarter.The Vindication of LeBron James
June 1, 2011
Our political leaders need to demand that their colleague step down immediately, not aid and abet the barbarian criminal.Did This Senator Beat Up His Girlfriend?
April 6, 2009
He has killed the king's men; and if the baron should aid and abet, he will lose his castle and land.Maid Marian
Thomas Love Peacock
Lucy smiled at the bare-faced fraud and hastened to abet it.Hidden Water
She had striven to aid and abet this distinguished and worthy gentleman in his suit.Under Fire
And you will not abet revolutionary measures if you get into Parliament?Kenelm Chillingly, Complete
How does abet differ from incite and instigate as to the time of the action?English Synonyms and Antonyms
James Champlin Fernald
- (tr) to assist or encourage, esp in crime or wrongdoing
Word Origin and History for abet
late 14c. (implied in abetting), from Old French abeter "to bait, to harass with dogs," literally "to cause to bite," from a- "to" (see ad-) + beter "to bait," from a Germanic source, perhaps Low Franconian betan "incite," or Old Norse beita "cause to bite," from Proto-Germanic *baitjan, from PIE root *bheid- "to split" (see fissure). Related: Abetted; abetting.