Definition of Instigate

1. Verb. Provoke or stir up. "Set off great unrest among the people"

Exact synonyms: Incite, Set Off, Stir Up
Generic synonyms: Provoke, Stimulate
Specialized synonyms: Raise
Causes: Act, Move
Derivative terms: Incitation, Incitation, Incitement, Inciter, Incitive, Instigant, Instigation, Instigative, Instigator



2. Verb. Serve as the inciting cause of. "They instigate him to write the letter"; "She prompted me to call my relatives"
Exact synonyms: Inspire, Prompt
Generic synonyms: Cause, Get, Have, Induce, Make, Stimulate
Derivative terms: Instigation, Instigation, Instigator, Prompting

Definition of Instigate

1. v. t. To goad or urge forward; to set on; to provoke; to incite; -- used chiefly with reference to evil actions; as, to instigate one to a crime.

Definition of Instigate

1. Verb. To goad or urge forward; to set on; to provoke; to incite. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Instigate

1. [v -GATED, -GATING, -GATES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Instigate

instates
instating
instaunce
instaunt
instauntly
instauration
instaurations
instaurator
instaurators
instead
instead of
insteep
instep
insteps
instigant
instigate (current term)
instigated
instigates
instigating
instigatingly
instigation
instigations
instigative
instigator
instigators
instigatour
instigatrix
instil
instill
instillation

Literary usage of Instigate

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1. An Etymological Dictionary of the English Language by Walter William Skeat (1893)
"[t] instigate, to urge on, incite. (L.) In Shak. Merry Wives, iii- 5- 77 ! and in ... on; and^STIG, t stick, prick ; see instigate. Der. in^tinct-ive, ..."

2. Handy-book of Literary Curiosities by William Shepard Walsh (1892)
"... but also attempted to instigate the soldiers themselves to refuse obedience to their orders, and to mutiny against their generals. ..."

3. Scotland by Walter Scott, Mayo Williamson Hazeltine (1899)
"... after some attempts to instigate Mary's Keepers to put her to Death in Private—Mary resigns herself to her Fate—She is executed IT was the age of ..."

4. Chronicon Ephratense: A History of the Community of Seventh Day Baptists at by Lamech, Brother Lamech, Johann Peter Miller, Joseph Maximillian Hark (1889)
"CHAPTER X. THE TEMPTER TRIES TO instigate A PERSECUTION BY RAISING THE CRY OF IMMORALITY. ... instigate ..."

5. A concise Anglo-Saxon dictionary for the use of students by John R. Clark Hall (1916)
"... allure, seduce, mislead, persuade, instigate, Л5,АО,СР. span-e, -u, pi. ... instigate ..."

6. The American and English Encyclopedia of Law by Thomas Johnson Michie (1886)
"... accessories unless they actually instigate or assist in its commission.1 47 Ind. 568; Com. -•. Knapp, 9 Pick. (Mass.) 496; Norton r. People, 8 Cow. ..."

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