[ in-sahyt ]
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verb (used with object),in·cit·ed, in·cit·ing.
  1. to stir, encourage, or urge on; stimulate or prompt to action: to incite a crowd to riot.

Origin of incite

First recorded in 1475–85; from Latin incitāre, from in- in-2 + citāre “to move repeatedly, set in motion, summon” (see cite1)

synonym study For incite

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.

Other words for incite

Opposites for incite

Other words from incite

  • in·cit·a·ble, adjective
  • in·cit·ant, adjective, noun
  • in·ci·ta·tion [in-sahy-tey-shuhn, -si-], /ˌɪn saɪˈteɪ ʃən, -sɪ-/, noun
  • in·cit·er, noun
  • in·cit·ing·ly, adverb
  • re·in·cite, verb (used with object), re·in·cit·ed, re·in·cit·ing.
  • un·in·cit·ed, adjective

Words that may be confused with incite Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use incite in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for incite


/ (ɪnˈsaɪt) /

  1. (tr) to stir up or provoke to action

Origin of incite

C15: from Latin incitāre, from in- ² + citāre to excite

Derived forms of incite

  • incitation, noun
  • incitement, noun
  • inciter, noun
  • incitingly, adverb

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