To move to action; to stir up; to rouse; to spur or urge on. "Anthiochus, when he incited Prusias to join in war, set before him the greatness of the Romans." (Bacon) "No blown ambition doth our arms incite." (Shak)

Synonyms: Excite, stimulate, instigate, spur, goad, arouse, move, urge, rouse, provoke, encourage, prompt, animate. See Excite.

Origin: L. Incitare; pref. In- in + citare to rouse, stir up: cf. F. Inciter. See Cite.

(01 Mar 1998)

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