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instigate

[in-sti-geyt] /ˈɪn stɪˌgeɪt/
verb (used with object), instigated, instigating.
1.
to cause by incitement; foment:
to instigate a quarrel.
2.
to urge, provoke, or incite to some action or course:
to instigate the people to revolt.
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45; < Latin instīgātus past participle of instīgāre to goad on, impel, equivalent to in- in-2 + -stīg- goad, prick (akin to stigma, stick2) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
instigatingly, adverb
instigative, adjective
instigator, instigant
[in-sti-guh nt] /ˈɪn stɪ gənt/ (Show IPA),
noun
uninstigated, adjective
uninstigative, adjective
Synonyms
1. arouse, provoke. 2. induce, stimulate, encourage, push; initiate, start.
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Examples for instigating
  • Nor does the plot at large fall, in its romantic qualities, below this instigating gesture.
  • The officials accused him of instigating a public panic.
  • In the instigating event, a franchise owner or manager chose to cater a partisan event for free.
  • Certain flu strains might be better at instigating these immune rampages.
  • Chavez helped create this climate by instigating social unrest with his communist rhetoric.
  • Some were accused of instigating gladiator-style prizefights in the cell blocks.
  • instigating arguments in a disrespectful way is also prohibited.
British Dictionary definitions for instigating

instigate

/ˈɪnstɪˌɡeɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to bring about, as by incitement or urging to instigate rebellion
2.
to urge on to some drastic or inadvisable action
Derived Forms
instigatingly, adverb
instigation, noun
instigative, adjective
instigator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin instīgāre to stimulate, incite; compare Greek stizein to prick
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Word Origin and History for instigating

instigate

v.

1540s, back-formation from instigation or else from Latin instigatus, past participle of instigare "to urge on, incite" (see instigation). Related: Instigated; instigates; instigating.

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