V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: to cause or provoke someone into doing something, usually something negative

Synonyms: provoke, instigate, inflame, stir up, encourage

Antonyms: restrain

Tips: Incite often has a negative connotation and is often used in the formulation "to incite someone to something." Use incite to denote the actions of someone who provokes or instigates others to create trouble. Use galvanize when referring to "shocking" people into action or motivating people into action, and usually in a positive manner. For a memory trick, note that incite sounds and looks close to ignite. When you incite an individual or a group you are figuratively "igniting an explosion."

Usage Examples:

He incited his classmates to rebel against the substitute teacher. (instigated, provoked)

It was the goal of the extreme political party to incite a revolution. (encourage, stir up)

The radical protestors denied inciting the crowd to violence. (instigating, provoking, encouraging)

Hitler incited racial hatred in people. (encouraged, instigated, provoked)

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