Complete Definition of "instigate"

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Etymology
L. instigatus, past participle of instigare to instigate; prefix in- in + a root akin to G. stechen to prick, E. stick.

Pronunciation
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Verb
en-verb|instigat|ing

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

#:He hath only instigated his blackest agents to the very extent of their malignity. -Bp. Warburton.

Usage notes
Commonly used with reference to evil actions; as, to instigate one to a crime.

Synonyms
italbrac|to goad or urge forward: animate, encourage, impel, incite, provoke, spur, stimulate, tempt, urge

Antonyms
italbrac|to goad or urge forward: halt, prevent, stop

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