Incitement “Legally” Defined

The following definitions for “incitement” are taken from Ballantine’s Law Dictionary (3rd edition), Black’s Law Dictionary (2nd edition), and “Webster’s 1828 Dictionary:”




An arousing to action [see Incite].

To arouse to action, sometimes to violence, mob action or riot, even to revolution [State v. Diamon, 27 NM 477, 202 P 988, 20 ALR 1527, 1532]. To solicit the commission of a crime, such as larceny [32 Am J1st Larc § 91].


To arouse; stir up; instigate; set in motion; as, to “incite” a riot. Also, generally, in criminal law to instigate, persuade, or move another to commit a crime; in this sense nearly synonymous with “abet.” [See Long v. State, 23 Neb. 33, 36 N. W. 310].


That which incites the mind or moves to action; motive; incentive; impulse.

From the long records of a distant age,
Derive incitement to renew thy rage.

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