• WordNet 3.6
    • n instigant someone who deliberately foments trouble "she was the instigator of their quarrel"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n instigant An instigator.
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In literature:

This plot, however, was circumvented and the instigators of the crime were punished.
"De Orbe Novo, Volume 1 (of 2)" by Trans. by Francis Augustus MacNutt
What grief, what resentment instigated you?
"History of Rome, Vol III" by Titus Livius
The extraordinary and incongruous building in the Steyne known as the Pavilion was built by Nash at the instigation of George IV.
"Seaward Sussex" by Edric Holmes
That money enabled me at once to return to Warsaw, where I consummated the instigation of the Demon.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, Vol. 17, No. 481, March 19, 1831" by Various
Spain, instigates Indians to hostilities, ii.
"George Washington, Vol. I" by Henry Cabot Lodge
Spain, instigates Indians to hostilities, ii.
"George Washington, Vol. II" by Henry Cabot Lodge
Austria undoubtedly annexed Bosnia at Germany's instigation.
"The Roll-Call" by Arnold Bennett
It was she who, at Concepcion's instigation, had had him put in the committee.
"The Pretty Lady" by Arnold E. Bennett
It is evident that you were the instigator, and something more than the instigator, too.
"Library of the World's Best Mystery and Detective Stories" by Edited by Julian Hawthorne
The question is then raised as to what is wrong with it and the inductive process is instigated.
"How to Teach" by George Drayton Strayer and Naomi Norsworthy

In poetry:

The British dash at Delhi will never be forgot,
For the chief instigators of the mutiny were shot;
And their bodies in the Mayor's Court were hung,
And as the people gazed thereon, their hearts with anguish were wrung.
"The Downfall of Delhi" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

The climax of the antitrust investigation instigated with all guns blazing by EC commissioner Neelie Kroes last year has been a whimper, not a bang.
Artest, a controversial figure around these parts based on what we affectionately know as the "Malice at the Palace" recently used the powers of Twitter to track down the instigator of the fiasco, John Green.
Josh Koscheck, right, here against Anthony Johnson in November 2009, has developed a reputation as being an instigator.
The Wham City Lecture Series seeks to spread knowledge and maybe even instigate change.
Wick -It the Instigator.
Wick -it the Instigator is known for his fresh remixes and mashups.
So when Elodie wasn't staying in her bed at night, we had to instigate a new bedtime modus operandi.
If you're an ad agency struggling to come up with a campaign that motivates, stimulates, and instigates, just throw some boobs into the mix.
Boston's Chara has instigator penalty rescinded.
The controversy stems from a rules change the PGA Tour has instigated on the use of clubs with square grooves.
Instigator, annoying, dirty to most these are the words that define Rams cornerback Cortland Finnegan.
Victim & Alleged Instigator Charged with Disorderly Conduct.
Victim & Alleged Instigator Charged with Disorderly Conduct .
A program instigated to reduce screen time for young children unexpectedly found a way to cut back on meals kids eat in front of the television, according to recent research.
The right of freedom of religion in the United States instigated a fundamental shift in human history.

In science:

Their 2D (and 3D; Mezzacappa et al. 2002) calculations revealed hydrodynamical instabilities in the accretion flow behind the stalled shock, which instigate large-scale modes even in the absence of neutrino heating.
Explosion Mechanisms of Massive Stars
Gravitational interactions between galaxies can instigate star formation and transform disks into spheroids (Toomre & Toomre 1972) and may dominate galaxy evolution at early epochs especially in dense environments (Frenk et al. 1985).
Forming Disk Galaxies in Lambda CDM Simulations
This meeting was instigated by the untimely death of our friend and collegue Rich Pelz.
Computational Euler History
Both of these goals were recently achieved by a large online collaboration, instigated by Tim Gowers and involving several other mathematicians, called Polymath1.
Multiple recurrence and the structure of probability-preserving systems
CARA instigated research programs into C MBR anisotropy, sub-millimetre and infrared astronomy, as well as initiating a site testing program.
Astronomy in Antarctica