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Definition provoke action — especially violent action
  • The dog, incited by its master, sprang over the wicket-gate and pursued the unfortunate baronet, who fled screaming down the Yew Alley.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • My poor timing has ruined the drama of the event and now the smile on my face incites angry whispers.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Thus incited, Tom lent himself to as sensitive and profound listening as was possible for him.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • Low and deep, dull and strange, with some quality to incite dread, came a roar.
    Zane Grey  --  The Rainbow Trail
  • The attacks were growing worse, and my refusal to react incited Nealson into coining more absurd phrases.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • We're not out to incite, or anger anyone yet.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • And if that pale soft stupid creature could incite the animals when fully clothed, how much more lust would a queen inspire?
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • When her old self can be manifest without any controlling force subduing or restraining her, or inciting her to action.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Would he be able to answer the boy's questions where I had failed, provide assurances where I had incited bickering and debate?
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • With the very visible failure of the investigation into the brutal deaths of three women, the media is attempting to incite a witch-hunt.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • "Ah; but it was I who incited him really, though I didn't know I was doing it!
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • [1] The famous troubadour who incited the young Prince Henry to rebellion against his father, Henry II. of England.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante's Inferno
  • To no one's surprise Callender was promptly arrested for inciting the American people against their President.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • On the other hand, he didn't want to incite a mutiny on his own sub.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • Your indecent exhibition of that girl's dead body serves no purpose but that of an incitement to mob violence.
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • She said: 'If Alia incites trouble, it is the fault of authority for not foreseeing and preventing the trouble.'
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • No blown ambition doth our arms incite, But love, dear love, and our ag'd father's right: Soon may I hear and see him!
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • The incitement to violence depends upon total transvaluation of the ordinary values.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • And such a pretty young kitchen wench will incite lust as well as curiosity.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • It was another to incite a riot.
    Ted Dekker  --  White: The Great Pursuit

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