- to stir, encourage, or urge on; stimulate or prompt to action: to incite a crowd to riot.
Origin of incite
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instigate, provoke, goad, spur, arouse, exhort; fire; induce.
Incite, rouse, provoke, inflame are verbs meaning to goad or inspire an individual or a group to take some action or to express some feeling. Incite and rouse are similar in that, although they can imply in some contexts abrasive or inflammatory arousal of violent or uncontrolled behavior, neither necessarily does so. Incite means simply to induce activity, of whatever kind: incited to greater effort by encouragement; incited to riot. Rouse has an underlying sense of awakening: to rouse the apathetic soldiers to a determination to win; to rouse the inattentive public to an awareness of the danger. Provoke implies a sense of challenge or irritation along with arousal and often suggests a resultant anger or violence: provoked by scathing references to his accomplishments; to provoke a wave of resentment. Inflame, with its root sense to set afire, implies a resultant intensity and passion: to inflame a mob by fiery speeches; He was inflamed to rage by constant frustration.
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Examples from the Web for inciter
The Daily Show host and inciter of sanity was a straight shooter when it came time for him to interview President Obama.14 Best Late Night TV Moments of the Year
The Daily Beast
December 29, 2010
One can pray again and again and still remain an inciter of war.The Future Belongs to the People
"Let us say, rather, inciter of public interest," explained Hummer.A Star for a Night
The question is, whether she was the instigator and inciter in this affair, or the servants?Resurrection
She has forced this quarrel upon France, and yet nine-tenths of Europe look upon France as the inciter of the war.The Young Franc Tireurs
G. A. Henty
It should be, in fact, not only the inciter of public spirit, but the director of public effort.Village Improvements and Farm Villages
George E. Waring
- (tr) to stir up or provoke to action
C15: from Latin incitāre, from in- ² + citāre to excite
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Word Origin and History for inciter
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