• WordNet 3.6
    • v incite provoke or stir up "incite a riot","set off great unrest among the people"
    • v incite urge on; cause to act "The other children egged the boy on, but he did not want to throw the stone through the window"
    • v incite give an incentive for action "This moved me to sacrifice my career"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Incite To move to action; to stir up; to rouse; to spur or urge on. "Anthiochus, when he incited Prusias to join in war, set before him the greatness of the Romans.""No blown ambition doth our arms incite ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • incite To move to action; stir up; instigate; spur on.
    • incite Synonyms Impel, Induce, etc. (see actuate), stimulate, urge on, rouse, fire, provoke, excite, encourage, animate, set on, drive, persuade. See list under impel.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Incite in-sīt′ to rouse: to move the mind to action: to encourage: to goad
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  • Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
    “This is the curse of an evil deed, that it incites and must bring forth more evil.”
  • John Updike
    “Dreams come true; without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. incitare,; pref. in-, in + citare, to rouse, stir up: cf. F. inciter,. See Cite
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. incitārein, in, citāre, to rouse—ciēre, to put in motion.


In literature:

But through all this waiting, inciting silence Miss Milbrey listened in vain for the words she had felt so certain would come.
"The Spenders" by Harry Leon Wilson
When a passenger tries to incite mutiny, he forfeits his privileges as a passenger.
"Brave and Bold" by Horatio Alger
As they hesitated the visored chief incited his followers.
"The Twilight of the Gods, and Other Tales" by Richard Garnett
Corinth incites Potidaea to revolt from Athens.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 2" by Various
Emperor Henry IV faces a rebellion of his son, incited by the papal party.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 5" by Various
But the silent toleration of suspected guilt is a degree of depravity far below that which openly incites, and manifestly protects it.
"The Works of Samuel Johnson, Vol. 6" by Samuel Johnson
For nothing can incite the people of Britain to oppose those who have openly dismissed the troops of Hanover.
"The Works of Samuel Johnson, Vol. 11." by Samuel Johnson
It incites us to do more by a fellow-creature than can be strictly required of us.
"Clarissa, Volume 4 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
At last, he grew so moody and sullen that many persons feared that he would incite the negroes to a mutiny.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol. I" by Various
He incited the princes of Europe to a new crusade.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume V" by John Lord

In poetry:

We thank thee for the stronger stroke
Ourselves delivered and incurred
When—thine incitement half unheard—
The chains we riveted we broke.
"Invocation" by Ambrose Bierce
You'll find young Paullus passing fair,
Modest, refined, and tony;
Go, now, incite the favored wight!
With Venus for a crony
He'll outshine all at feast and ball
And conversazione!
"To Mother Venus" by Eugene Field
A lovely bird; the garden's pride;
Nurs'd with the utmost care,
No flow'r, in all the gardens wide;
Incited hopes so rare:
Each passing day develops more
Each beauty, than the day before.
"To Miss Annie Eliza M'Namee" by David John Scott
For Max, thy brother-dog, began
To flag, and feel his narrowing span.
And cold, besides, his blue blood ran,
Since, 'gainst the classes, He heard, of late, the Grand Old Man Incite the masses.
"Kaiser Dead" by Matthew Arnold
An equal power of Love I've seen,
Incite the deer to scour the green,
And chase his barking foe.
Sometimes has Love, with greater might,
To challenge—nay—sometimes—to fight,
Provoked the enamour'd beau.
"Love and Music. Written at Oxford, When Young" by William Shenstone
Such is the will, the cruel will, of love-inciting Venus,
Who takes delight in wanton sport and ill-considered jokes,
And brings ridiculous misfits beneath her brazen yokes,--
A very infelicitous proceeding, just between us.
"To Albius Tibullus" by Roswell Martin Field

In news:

Do violent video games incite riots.
Incite is offering a free trial download of its DV Incite Remote Producer NLE application.
Incite is offering free downloads of a trial version of Incite Remote Producer RP, a full-featured nonlinear DV editing application.
BOSTON, July 15 — A Boston couple planned to blow up Jewish and black landmarks in the hope of inciting racial warfare, a prosecutor said today in federal court here.
A Boston couple planned to blow up Jewish and black landmarks in the hope of inciting racial warfare, a prosecutor said on Monday in federal court.
Lack of Freight Policy Could Incite Diversions, Cordero Says.
Putin warns against ' incitement to violent regime change' in Middle East.
Syrian authorities have charged a U.S.-born Syrian blogger and press freedom campaigner with trying to incite sectarian strife.
But do you have other specialized kitchen utensils whose absence in your kitchen would incite serious depression.
Glenn Beck's " War Room " Inciting Violence.
OSU plane crash incites change in athletic travel.
Max Raptor 's unchecked attitude and energy results in the kind of racket that could incite a dance party…or a fistfight.
Germany's highest appeals court has reversed the conviction of a far-right leader on a charge of inciting racial hatred, saying that publicly repeating another person's denial of the Holocaust was not in itself enough to prove the charge.
Jordan indicts 89 activists for inciting revolt .
AMMAN, Jordan — A Jordanian official says the country's military prosecutor has charged 89 activists with inciting violent revolt , after protests over price hikes swept through the U.S.-allied kingdom last week.

In science:

This non monotonous variation of the probability peak f (xt ) with the shape parameter σ2 with a minimum in σ2 = 1, incites to consider three qualitative classes of lognormal distributions, that will be used in the next sections.
Broad distribution effects in sums of lognormal random variables
The dual fragmentation and coagulation operators that were defined in the preceding section incite us to introduce Markov fragmentation and coagulation chains in duality by time-reversal.
Dual random fragmentation and coagulation and an application to the genealogy of Yule processes
We will see how this can incite some trouble when determining numerical solutions.
Relativistic Springs
Tension makes movement difficult, which then incites more fear in the player.
Music in Terms of Science
This is a strong incitation to pursue further the investigations on the merits and possible illnesses of this regularisation scheme in the context of the LC formalism of fi eld theories.
Fields on Paracompact Manifold and Anomalies