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abet

[ uh-bet ]SEE DEFINITION OF abet

Synonyms for abet

  • condone
  • incite
  • instigate
  • provoke
  • advocate
  • back
  • encourage
  • endorse
  • goad
  • prod
  • promote
  • sanction
  • spur
  • support
  • urge
  • egg on
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Antonyms for abet

  • halt
  • prevent
  • stop
  • disapprove
  • discourage
  • dissuade
  • oppose
  • protest
  • refuse
  • reject
  • counter
  • deter
  • frustrate
  • hinder
  • hurt
  • impede
  • obstruct
  • resist
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ABET

He has killed the king's men; and if the baron should aid and abet, he will lose his castle and land.

Lucy smiled at the bare-faced fraud and hastened to abet it.

She had striven to aid and abet this distinguished and worthy gentleman in his suit.

And you will not abet revolutionary measures if you get into Parliament?

How does abet differ from incite and instigate as to the time of the action?

That were to place her where she could abet the design of Phillip to invade England.

She will listen to the wooing of some gallant, and my Lady Pembroke will abet it, and then—'

It was a new departure for Anne so openly to abet her mother, and it wounded him.

Have you,” adds the Saint, “any hope in God—what Christian can help you or abet you?

All the better, my dear young lady, that is if you are willing to aid and abet me a little.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c. (implied in abetting), from Old French abeter "to bait, to harass with dogs," literally "to cause to bite," from a- "to" (see ad-) + beter "to bait," from a Germanic source, perhaps Low Franconian betan "incite," or Old Norse beita "cause to bite," from Proto-Germanic *baitjan, from PIE root *bheid- "to split" (see fissure). Related: Abetted; abetting.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR ABET

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verbpermit

aid and abet

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