verb (abet, t, ing)
- (obsolete) Act of abetting; aid.
- (transitive) To instigate or encourage by aid or countenance; -- used in a bad sense of persons and acts
- to an ill-doer; to one in his wicked courses; to vice; to an insurrection
- The robber"s friend abetted by providing the escape car.
Etymology: (term, abeter); (term, a-) (Latin (term, ad-)) + (term, beter, , to bait an animal), from Icelandic (term, beita, , to set dogs on, to feed), originally, to cause to bite, from Icelandic (term, bÄta, , to bite), hence to bait, to incite. See (term, bait), (term, bet).
- South: The whole tribe abets the villany.
- Gay: Would not the fool the stealth, Who rashly thus exposed his wealth?
- (transitive) To support, uphold, or aid; to maintain.
- Jer. Taylor: Our duty is urged, and our confidence abetted.
- (transitive) To contribute, as an assistant or instigator, to the commission of an offense.
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