to encourage, support, or countenance by aid or approval, usually in wrongdoing:
to abet a swindler; to abet a crime.
With the aid and abetment of a bottle of excellent Montrachet, however, one contrived to worry through.
Red Masquerade Louis Joseph Vance
Now Esther herself was offering her own abetment in almost the same terms.
The Prisoner Alice Brown
Then follows a chapter on abetment, in other words, the instigation of a person to do a wrongful act.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 6 Various
verb abets, abetting, abetted
(transitive) to assist or encourage, esp in crime or wrongdoing
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.
to encourage, support, or countenance by aid or approval, usually in wrongdoing: to abet a swindler; to abet a crime. Contemporary Examples James Carroll on how the Catholic Church aided and abetted the offenders. The Vatican’s Sex Cover-up James Carroll March 10, 2010 It has deepened with each passing year, as successive governments have aided […]
a person who . Historical Examples They occasionally raised themselves on their hind-legs to get abetter view. The Expression of Emotion in Man and Animals Charles Darwin It is really too bad, that the Primate of Ireland, of all men living, should be made the abetter in two fallacies. Atlantic Monthly, Volume 2, Issue 10, […]
a person who . Historical Examples It was the friend of human liberty and the abettor of tyranny. A Short History of Monks and Monasteries Alfred Wesley Wishart He found an abettor in the person of the Portuguese pianist, to whom he laid bare his soul. Melomaniacs James Huneker And this I vow, that if […]
to encourage, support, or countenance by aid or approval, usually in wrongdoing: to abet a swindler; to abet a crime. Contemporary Examples Simple assault, battery, aiding and abetting, harboring a fugitive, and also obstruction of justice took place. The Mayor of Monrovia’s Fall From Grace Clair MacDougall, Wade C.L. Williams March 9, 2013 “This is […]