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 for abettor
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Abetter \A*bet"ter\, Abettor \A*bet*tor\, n.
     One who abets; an instigator of an offense or an offender.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Note: The form abettor is the legal term and also in general
           use.
           [1913 Webster]
  
     Syn: Abettor, Accessory, Accomplice.
  
     Usage: These words denote different degrees of complicity in
            some deed or crime. An abettor is one who incites or
            encourages to the act, without sharing in its
            performance. An accessory supposes a principal
            offender. One who is neither the chief actor in an
            offense, nor present at its performance, but accedes
            to or becomes involved in its guilt, either by some
            previous or subsequent act, as of instigating,
            encouraging, aiding, or concealing, etc., is an
            accessory. An accomplice is one who participates in
            the commission of an offense, whether as principal or
            accessory. Thus in treason, there are no abettors or
            accessories, but all are held to be principals or
            accomplices.
            [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  abettor
      n 1: one who helps or encourages or incites another [syn:
           abettor, abetter]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  73 Moby Thesaurus words for "abettor":
     Maecenas, accessory, accomplice, accomplice in crime, actuator,
     admirer, advocate, aficionado, angel, animator, apologist, backer,
     buff, cajoler, champion, coax, coaxer, coconspirator, cohort,
     confederate, conspirator, defender, dependence, encourager,
     endorser, energizer, exponent, fan, favorer, fellow conspirator,
     firer, friend at court, gadfly, galvanizer, impeller, inducer,
     inspirer, lover, mainstay, maintainer, mover, moving spirit,
     paranymph, partisan, patron, persuader, pleader, prime mover,
     promoter, prompter, protagonist, reliance, second, seconder,
     sectary, sider, socius criminis, spark, spark plug, sparker,
     sponsor, stalwart, standby, stimulator, support, supporter,
     sustainer, sympathizer, tempter, upholder, votary, well-wisher,
     wheedler
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  ABETTOR, crim. law. One who encourages or incites, persuades or sets another
  on to commit a crime.  Such a person is either a principal or, an accessory
  to the crime.  When present, aiding, where a felony is committed, he is
  guilty as principal in the second degree ; when absent, he is merely an
  accessory. 1. Russell, 21; 1 Leach 66; Foster 428.
  
  

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