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Definition of the noun incitement

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noun - plural: incitements

  1. an act of urging on or spurring on or rousing to action or instigating
    • example: the incitement of mutiny
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of incitement: incitation
    • more generic words: arousal / rousing = the act of arousing
  2. needed encouragement
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of incitement: provocation
    • more generic word: encouragement = the expression of approval and support
    • more specific word: subornation = underhandedly or improperly inducing someone to do something improper or unlawful
  3. something that incites or provokes; a means of arousing or stirring to action
  4. the act of exhorting; an earnest attempt at persuasion
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of incitement: exhortation
    • more generic words: persuasion / suasion = the act of persuading
    • more specific term: pep talk = a speech of exhortation attempting to instill enthusiasm and determination in a team or staff

Alternative definition of the noun incitement


  1. A call to act; encouragement to act, often in an illegal fashion.


Incitement was an offence under the common law of England and Wales. It was an inchoate offence. It consisted of persuading, encouraging, instigating, pressuring, or threatening so as to cause another to commit a crime.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Incitement

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Google previewCriminal Law in Hong Kong (2011)

by Victor Ho Wai-kin

Incitement is a misdemeanour in common law and is regarded as an inchoate offence.1 A person could be held guilty of this type of offence, even though a substantive offence is not committed. There is no statute that defines the general law of ...

Google previewA Comprehensive Guide to Suicidal Behaviours (2012)

Working with Individuals at Risk and Their Families by David Aldridge, Sergio Perez Barrero

Suicide incitement is the name given to the act of encouraging others to commit suicide. Incitement is prosecuted by the law in several countries and goes against the duty of care for the other that most citizens have. Suicide prevention ...

Google previewUnderstanding Criminal Law (2005)

by Christopher M. V. Clarkson

Incitement is an offence punishable entirely at the discretion of the court. Accordingly, as these inchoate offences are regarded at the legislative level as being of equal seriousness to the completed offence, only a minimum departure from the ...

Google previewCases on Criminal Law (1908)

Selected from Decisions of English and American Courts by William Ephraim Mikell

Such incitement is a direct blow at security of property, and even of life. It must therefore be pronounced an indictable offense. The judgment of the court below is affirmed.1 II. Attempt. y vA PEOPLE v. MURRAY. (Supreme Court of California, ...

Google previewLittell's Living Age (1881)

by Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell

The real incitement is an innate appetite of the mind—conscious in various degrees of the mystery, and of the beauty, and of the majesty of the system in which it lives and moves; conscious, too, that its own relations to that system are but dimly ...

Google previewThe Eclectic Magazine of Foreign Literature, Science, and Art (1881)

The real incitement is an innate appetite of the mind— conscious in ...

Google previewA Weekly Journal of Medicine and Medical Affairs.From January to June,1880. (1880)

by The Medical Press and Circular.Estab.1838

The only incitement is that which follows from the attitude assumed by the attendant Though every person in the whole of America should be informed of the decisions arrived at by the Medical Association, unlets they are led by the bearing of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Censorship (2009)

by Jonathon Green, Nicholas J. Karolides

The HATE SPEECH issue was taken up by the Constitution Court in response to a pending incitement case against a right-wing newspaper which had published anti-Semitic articles. Article 269 (Incitement to Hatred) of the Penal Code ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the United Nations and International Agreements: G to M (2003)

by Edmund Jan Osmańczyk, Anthony Mango

INCITEMENT TO MURDER. Offense under domestic criminal codes. It took on an ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; or, Universal dictionary of Knowledge. [With] Supp (1816)

by Encyclopaedia Perthensis

INCITEMENT, n.s. [from incite,] Motive ; incentive; impulse; inciting cause.

Google previewThe Oxford Encyclopedia of the Books of the Bible (2011)

Deuteronomy 13 presents three paradigmatic test cases: incitement originating from the sphere of public religious...

or incitement which has already succeeded, to the extent of winning over an entire city to ...

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This fanaticism is what feeds terrorism. And this is precisely why Muslims must play an active role in opposing hate sermons and incitement to terrorism and extremism in their mosques. (Otto Schily)
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Scrabble value of I1N1C3I1T1E1M3E1N1T1

The value of this 10-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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