incite | incitation | incitement

Exam frequency

GRE

medium

Banks

medium

Civil Services

medium

Meaning(s)

encourage or provoke

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incite - provoke

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To ‘incite’ means to move to action, typically in a negative way. It does not relate to doing something yourself, but instead stirring up and encouraging others by making them excitable and angry. The means of achieving this is often the use of lies or exaggeration, and the result of such behaviour can be harmful, violent, or illegal activity.

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Synonyms stimulate,instigate
Antonyms deter,suppress

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  1. The newspaper was accused of trying to incite a riot with the baseless and scurrilous claims they made against the government in today’s edition.

  2. The public figure’s recent social media rants directed towards a minority group were regarded as an incitation to racial violence.

  3. The defendant was charged with incitement to murder for his role in urging the gunman to commit the act.

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