abettor
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /əˈbɛtə/
  • (GA) IPA: /əˈbɛtɚ/, /-te/, /-ɾɚ/
Noun

abettor (plural abettors)

  1. One that abets an offender; one that incites; instigates; encourages. [First attested from 1350 to 1470.]
    • 1594, William Shakespeare, The Rape of Lucrece,
      Thou foul abettor! thou notorious bawd!
      Thou plantest scandal and displacest laud:
  2. A supporter or advocate. [Late 16th century.]
    • 1839, Charles Dickens, Nicholas Nickleby, Chapter 8,
      […] when he recollected that, being there as an assistant, he actually seemed—no matter what unhappy train of circumstances had brought him to that pass—to be the aider and abettor of a system which filled him with honest disgust and indignation, he loathed himself […]
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