Definition of incitement in English:



  • [often with infinitive] The action of provoking unlawful behavior or urging someone to behave unlawfully.

    ‘this amounted to an incitement to commit murder’
    • ‘Abetting describes any incitement or encouragement to do so.’
    • ‘American authorities say they are working on a directive that would ban hate speech and incitements to violence and create a system for registering publications to lend some order to the media landscape.’
    • ‘Drink was their worst failing and the Duke of Wellington was not far wrong when he complained that it was one of the biggest and most dubious incitements to recruitment.’
    • ‘The review is there as a guideline, as an incitement, or perhaps at times merely a provocation.’
    • ‘His team talks prior to Lansdowne games were incitements to mayhem.’
    egging on, urging, goading, spurring on, motivation, persuasion, inducement
    instigation, encouragement, stirring up, whipping up, stoking up, kindling, fuelling, stimulation, provocation, arousing, rousing, fomentation
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