incite

To incite is to cause to act or occur. Violent words can incite violent actions which, in turn, might incite public outcry against violence.

Incite comes from a Latin verb meaning "to move into action" and if you incite someone to do something, that is exactly how to describe it. Usually it is used in a negative context. Radical and intolerant teachings can incite hatred in those who listen. And if a government restricts its people too much, it can incite unrest and rebellion in the population.

DEFINITIONS OF: incite

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v provoke or stir up

incite a riot”
Synonyms:
instigate, set off, stir up
Types:
raise
activate or stir up
Type of:
provoke, stimulate
provide the needed stimulus for

v urge on; cause to act

Synonyms:
egg on, prod
Types:
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goose
prod into action
halloo
urge on with shouts
goad
urge with or as if with a goad
spur
goad with spurs

v give an incentive for action

Synonyms:
actuate, motivate, move, prompt, propel
affect, impress, move, strike
have an emotional or cognitive impact upon
move
arouse sympathy or compassion in
Type of:
cause, do, make
give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally
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