verb (used with object), instigated, instigating.
to cause by incitement; foment: to instigate a quarrel.
to urge, provoke, or incite to some action or course: to instigate the people to revolt.

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

instigatingly, adverb
instigative, adjective
instigator, instigant [in-sti-guhnt] , noun
uninstigated, adjective
uninstigative, adjective

1. arouse, provoke. 2. induce, stimulate, encourage, push; initiate, start. Unabridged
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instigate (ˈɪnstɪˌɡeɪt)
1.  to bring about, as by incitement or urging: to instigate rebellion
2.  to urge on to some drastic or inadvisable action
[C16: from Latin instīgāre to stimulate, incite; compare Greek stizein to prick]

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Word Origin & History

1540s, from L. instigat-, pp. stem of instigare (see instigation).
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Example sentences
The recession has been the main instigator of the crash, but overbuilding and speculation set the stage.
The instigator of the work, and his admirers, could perceive in them nothing but what was ridiculous.
Last week's suggestion to eliminate the instigator penalty drew a ton of e-mail feedback.
He was a heroic truth-teller to some, a loudmouth instigator to others.
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