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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
  1. verb
    provoke or stir up
    incite a riot”
    synonyms: instigate, set off, stir up
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    types:
    raise
    activate or stir up
    type of:
    provoke, stimulate
    provide the needed stimulus for
  2. verb
    urge on; cause to act
    synonyms: egg on, prod
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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
  3. verb
    give an incentive for action
    synonyms: actuate, incentivize, motivate, move, prompt, propel
    affect, impress, move, strike
    have an emotional or cognitive impact upon
    move
    arouse sympathy or compassion in
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    type of:
    cause, do, make
    give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally
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