Abetted
Abet A*bet", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Abetted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Abetting}.] [OF. abeter; a (L. ad) + beter to bait (as a bear), fr. Icel. beita to set dogs on, to feed, originally, to cause to bite, fr. Icel. b[=i]ta to bite, hence to bait, to incite. See {Bait}, {Bet}.] 1. To instigate or encourage by aid or countenance; -- used in a bad sense of persons and acts; as, to abet an ill-doer; to abet one in his wicked courses; to abet vice; to abet an insurrection. ``The whole tribe abets the villany.'' --South. [1913 Webster]

Would not the fool abet the stealth, Who rashly thus exposed his wealth? --Gay. [1913 Webster]

2. To support, uphold, or aid; to maintain; -- in a good sense. [Obs.].

Our duty is urged, and our confidence abetted. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

3. (Law) To contribute, as an assistant or instigator, to the commission of an offense. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To incite; instigate; set on; egg on; foment; advocate; countenance; encourage; second; uphold; aid; assist; support; sustain; back; connive at. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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