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instigation

[in-sti-gey-shuh n] /ˌɪn stɪˈgeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of instigating; incitement.
2.
an incentive.
Origin of instigation
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin instīgātiōn- (stem of instīgātiō). See instigate, ion
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n.

early 15c., from Middle French instigation and directly from Latin instigationem (nominative instigatio), noun of action from past participle stem of instigare "urge on, incite," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + *stigare, a root meaning "to prick," from PIE root *steig- "to prick, stick, pierce" (see stick (v.)).

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