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The man who could not be discourteous to a ground-squirrel had sat in the courthouse abetting the cause of grubby-minded little men.
Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  assist or encourage (usually in some wrongdoing)
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abet abetted abetting abetment abets abettor
Strongly Associated with:   accomplice, accessory
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  • The man who could not be discourteous to a ground-squirrel had sat in the courthouse abetting the cause of grubby-minded little men.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • Not telling her is tantamount to aiding and abetting the enemy.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • I’ve called devoted Desi to my aid (and abet).
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • It is vital that we spend our tax dollars on helping Arizonans and not aid and abet illegal aliens.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts

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  • "May I be forgiven for abetting your filthy habit, I carry this to light Bunsen burners," he said playfully, then went on, "As a matter of fact, something I’ve concealed from you.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I guess we are aiding and abetting a felony, Watson?
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • Miss Ramirez, that had better not have been you abetting these hoodlums.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • "You don’t mention those who aided and abetted the deed," said Caderousse.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • I wouldn’t have aided or abetted an attempt on even HIS life for anything.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Why, yes, my dear; that would be aiding and abetting, you know.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin

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  • They abetted each other in amazement.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • You’re confessing that you’re an accomplice who’s aiding and abetting a deserter?
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • ’It’s what we call abetting a concealment.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • She is guilty of aiding and abetting an enemy of the gods.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • The undertone of fear that San Francisco would be bombed which was abetted by weekly air raid warnings, and civil defense drills in school, heightened my sense of belonging.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • She reads entirely too much—" this to Marilla as the little girls went out—"and I can’t prevent her, for her father aids and abets her.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • Say, wilt thou aid me and abet?
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • Her father abetted the courtship.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • Dragged down by constant pain and by infections that were abetted by his shortage of white cells, he limped through his days, pushing himself beyond his strength.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • Then the daring plotter was to be surrounded and caught red-handed, in the very act of aiding and abetting royalists, who were traitors to the republic.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Snape might refer to their work as ’cleaning’, but in Harrys opinion they were really waging war on the house, which was putting up a very good fight, aided and abetted by Kreacher.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • You favoured Chance Wayne, encouraged, aided, and abetted him in his corruption of Heavenly over a long, long time.
    Tennessee Williams  --  A Streetcar Named Desire
  • Methinks that thou and thine abettor soon Will rue your plot to drive the scapegoat out.
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • I wish to set before you, honourably, the exact consequences — so far as they are within my knowledge — of your abetting him in this appeal.’
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • It was as though, so long as the deceit ran along quiet and monotonous, all of us let ourselves be deceived, abetting it unawares or maybe through cowardice, since all people are cowards and naturally prefer any kind of treachery because it has a bland outside.
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • Gob, if he got that lottery ticket on the side of his poll he’d remember the gold cup, he would so, but begob the citizen would have been lagged for assault and battery and Joe for aiding and abetting.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • So, when I had pledged myself to comfort and abet Herbert in the affair of his heart by all practicable and impracticable means, and when Herbert had told me that his affianced already knew me by reputation and that I should be presented to her, and when we had warmly shaken hands upon our mutual confidence, we blew out our candles, made up our fire, locked our door, and issued forth in quest of Mr. Wopsle and Denmark.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • She had no right to dash away from your party, and Miss Derek had no right to abet her.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • Maybe he had fallen for my flimsy excuse, aided and abetted by a pool boy who happened to be in the right place at what, for me anyway, turned out to be the wrong time.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key
  • Oh yes, there were plenty to aid and abet him; even he could not have held a horse race without someone to race against.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • The elements, however, abetted me in making a path through the deepest snow in the woods, for when I had once gone through the wind blew the oak leaves into my tracks, where they lodged, and by absorbing the rays of the sun melted the snow, and so not only made a my bed for my feet, but in the night their dark line was my guide.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • It is wrong to encourage a man or a people in evil-doing; it is wrong to aid and abet a national crime simply because it is unpopular not to do so.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • People inthe townships were accusing them of aiding and abetting the violence.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • That the said Quinbus Flestrin, contrary to the duty of a faithful subject, is now preparing to make a voyage to the court and empire of Blefuscu, for which he has received only verbal license from his imperial majesty; and, under colour of the said license, does falsely and traitorously intend to take the said voyage, and thereby to aid, comfort, and abet the emperor of Blefuscu, so lately an enemy, and in open war with his imperial majesty aforesaid.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • If others pay the tax which is demanded of me, from a sympathy with the State, they do but what they have already done in their own case, or rather they abet injustice to a greater extent than the State requires.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Resistance to Civil Government
  • But independence had been followed by nearly two hundred years of misrule, aided and abetted by foreign powers, especially France and the United States.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • This young person (perhaps it was very imprudent in her parents to encourage her, and abet her in such idolatry and silly romantic ideas) loved, with all her heart, the young officer in His Majesty’s service with whom we have made a brief acquaintance.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • What oppressed Jude was the thought that, having done a wrong thing of this sort himself, he was aiding and abetting the woman he loved in doing a like wrong thing, instead of imploring and warning her against it.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • Aiding and abetting anyone wanted for murder is a serious offence.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • In this view they were sedulously abetted by their mothers, aunts and other elderly female relatives, who all shared Mrs. Archer’s belief that when "such things happened" it was undoubtedly foolish of the man, but somehow always criminal of the woman.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • Deo muttered some imprecations; he was far from irreligious, but he’d acquired a lot of anticlerical feeling, in part because of all the well-attested stories of Rwandan priests aiding and abetting the genocide, and in some cases actually wielding machetes.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • All of these people had, in the past, aided and abetted Moody in his fight against me, but they had’ acted out of what was to them reasonable motives.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • …sights and sounds about him, all contributed to this state of feeling; but when he recollected that, being there as an assistant, he actually seemed—no matter what unhappy train of circumstances had brought him to that pass—to be the aider and abettor of a system which filled him with honest disgust and indignation, he loathed himself, and felt, for the moment, as though the mere consciousness of his present situation must, through all time to come, prevent his raising his head again.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Do you know the universal penalty for aiding and abetting such a killer?
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Gant was delighted: he abetted the deception.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • The Phocians, being abetted by Athens and Sparta, refused to submit to the decree.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • But Michael was different, because the white world had so unusually aided and abetted his rise.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • And so she abetted our scheme and kept my father ignorant much longer than would otherwise have been possible.
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
  • The major toy crazes of recent years — including Pokemon cards, Cabbage Patch Kids, and Tamogotchis — have been abetted by fast food promotions.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • The senses could not avoid that conclusion, and people complained that they had been "cheated out of summer"—although, abetted by natural and artificial circumstances, people had cheated themselves out of it by squandering both internal and external time.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
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