- 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 abetment
Now Esther herself was offering her own abetment in almost the same terms.The Prisoner
Then follows a chapter on abetment, in other words, the instigation of a person to do a wrongful act.
With the aid and abetment of a bottle of excellent Montrachet, however, one contrived to worry through.Red Masquerade
Louis Joseph Vance
- (tr) to assist or encourage, esp in crime or wrongdoing
Word Origin and History for abetment
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.