What does incite mean?

Definitions for inciteɪnˈsaɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word incite.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. motivate, actuate, propel, move, prompt, incite(verb)

    give an incentive for action

    "This moved me to sacrifice my career"

  2. incite, instigate, set off, stir up(verb)

    provoke or stir up

    "incite a riot"; "set off great unrest among the people"

  3. prod, incite, egg on(verb)

    urge on; cause to act

    "The other children egged the boy on, but he did not want to throw the stone through the window"


  1. incite(Verb)

    To rouse, stir up or excite.

    The judge was told by the accused that his friends had to incite him to commit the crime.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Incite(verb)

    to move to action; to stir up; to rouse; to spur or urge on

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Incite

    in-sīt′, v.t. to rouse: to move the mind to action: to encourage: to goad.—ns. Incit′ant, that which incites: a stimulant; Incitā′tion, the act of inciting or rousing: an incentive.—adj. and n. Incit′ative.—ns. Incite′ment; Incit′er.—adv. Incit′ingly. [Fr.,—L. incitārein, in, citāre, to rouse—ciēre, to put in motion.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of incite in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of incite in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Cesar Villanueva:

    A president can't incite that sort of thing.

  2. John Updike:

    Dreams come true. Without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.

  3. Richard Peirce:

    Don't start splashing around -- you're just going to excite, incite and encourage the shark's interest.

  4. Michael Tarshi:

    He definitely learned a lot about how to maneuver, to incite conflict between each contestant and each political candidate.

  5. Hillary Clinton:

    The last thing we need are leaders who incite fear, what Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and others are suggesting is not only wrong, it’s dangerous.

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