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noun 
  1. (obsolete) Act of abetting; aid.
verb (abet, t, ing)
  1. (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.
    • South: The whole tribe abets the villany.
    • Gay: Would not the fool the stealth, Who rashly thus exposed his wealth?
      1. (transitive) To support, uphold, or aid; to maintain.
    • Jer. Taylor: Our duty is urged, and our confidence abetted.
      1. (transitive) To contribute, as an assistant or instigator, to the commission of an offense.
Translations: 
  • Dutch: bijstaan in
  • French: encourager
  • German: ermutigen
  • Italian: incoraggiare
  • Spanish: ayudar, incitar
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).


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