• WordNet 3.6
    • v instigate serve as the inciting cause of "She prompted me to call my relatives"
    • v instigate provoke or stir up "incite a riot","set off great unrest among the people"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Instigate To goad or urge forward; to set on; to provoke; to incite; -- used chiefly with reference to evil actions; as, to instigate one to a crime. "He hath only instigated his blackest agents to the very extent of their malignity."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • instigate To stimulate to an action or course; incite to do something; set or goad on; urge: generally in a bad sense: as, to instigate one to commit a crime.
    • instigate To stir up; foment; bring about by incitement or persuasion: as, to instigate crime or insurrection; to instigate a quarrel. Synonyms Impel, Induce, etc. (see actuate); tempt, prevail upon. See list under incite.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Instigate in′sti-gāt to urge on: to set on: to foment
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. instigatus, p. p. of instigare, to instigate; pref. in-, in + a root akin to G. stechen, to prick, E. stick,. See Stick
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. instigāre, -ātum.


In literature:

At the instigation of Richelieu, Concini, and Barbin, Marie de Medicis imperiously refused to revoke, the sentence.
"The Life of Marie de Medicis, Vol. 2 (of 3)" by Julia Pardoe
This he did partly instigated by his own feelings, and partly in compliance with his wife's wishes.
"John Caldigate" by Anthony Trollope
I am an instigator of degrading immorality and unmentionable crimes.
"The Eyes of the World" by Harold Bell Wright
The people crowded first on one side, and then on the other, as their fears instigated them.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, Vol. 20, Issue 563, August 25, 1832" by Various
Was the Count of Toulouse, too, guilty of having instigated the shedding of blood and the murder of a prelate?
"A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times Volume II. of VI." by Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
Before long, at his instigation, the mob collected about the prison, uttering imprecations against the judges and their clemency.
"A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times Volume V. of VI." by Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
The Instigations of the Spring are now abated.
"The Spectator, Volumes 1, 2 and 3" by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele
No anti-slavery meetings could be held uninterrupted by the worst elements of rowdyism, instigated by men in high position.
"The Grimké Sisters" by Catherine H. Birney
At the instigation of this Pompeo I was deprived of my place in the mint.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol IX." by Edited by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
This gentleman and his whole ship's company had been cut off at the instigation of Ort-Vantyle, a Dutchman of New-York.
"The Pirates Own Book" by Charles Ellms
And you have held your tongue at the instigation, no doubt, of Mr. Henry Annesley.
"Mr. Scarborough's Family" by Anthony Trollope
They were always accusing them of being instigators.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
The Governor, however, satisfied himself that the old chief was secretly instigating the insurgents.
"The Long White Cloud" by William Pember Reeves
We are here at the instigation of thine own kindred.
"The Lord of Dynevor" by Evelyn Everett-Green
In one instance, at least, I was the instigator.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 2 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
In the latter year, Abarbanel was driven from Spain in the general expulsion instigated by the Inquisition.
"Chapters on Jewish Literature" by Israel Abrahams
The bishop who instigated their persecution gave them certificates for immortality.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 2 of 14" by Elbert Hubbard
He would not do these things nowadays save at the fond instigation of Mr. and Mrs. Adrian Berridge.
"A Christmas Garland" by Max Beerbohm
As Jaffery had guessed, he had instigated the comic destination of Westminster Abbey.
"Jaffery" by William J. Locke
She is called Blodeuwedd, and later, at the instigation of a lover, Gronw, she discovers how Llew can be killed.
"The Religion of the Ancient Celts" by J. A. MacCulloch

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:

35-year-old Lue Chang is charged with Instigation of Animal Fights for allegedly staging cockfights in the basement of his home on Saemann Avenue.
Instigated by Anne Bray of
Richmond gang rape instigator gets 32 years in prison.
Union City police charge man, 22, in stabbing of trash-throwing ' instigator '.
West a professional instigator , not someone to seek solutions in Congress.
'Teletubbies' instigator tries hand at kids' movie.
Teletubbies' instigator Kenn Viselman tries hand at kids' movie 'Oogieloves'.
Instigator of monkey torture photos fired from military.
Wick-it the Instigator is known for his fresh remixes and mashups.
John Tortorella wants the instigator rule removed from the book as it currently stands.
Recalling the Life of an Instigator of Fun.
Ahead of the funeral Sunday of Ethiopian strongman Meles Zenawi, many Ethiopians are proudly assessing his abilities and the changes instigated.
The instigator of one of the series' most-shocking moments describes the mad genius of showrunner Vince Gilligan: "He's both Frankenstein and Einstein.".
Phony humanitarians seek to instigate violence with Israel.
Obama, instigator v. Final debate winners and losers.

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
The revolutions were either instigated by experimental facts (e.g.
Phenomenological aspects of new physics at high energy hadron colliders
To achieve European leadership, FuturICT will link Europe’s leading academic institutions and businesses to instigate the scientific and technological paradigm shifts needed to achieve FuturICT’s goal.
However, the theoretical situation still remains unclear, and FS-nesting as well as strong electron-phonon views are still claimed to be the instigators of CDW order and SC in pressurised or doped systems[10 ].
Preformed Excitons, Orbital Selectivity, and Charge-Density-Wave Order in 1T-TiSe_2
For radiation, this is all intimately related, of course, to classical coherence theory as applied to square law” photoelectron detectors, which, when properly applied, resolves many QM conundrums, including those instigated by Bell’s Theorem surrounding EPR correlations. 2. V.I.
Foundations of Probability and Physics, Round table
There is some direct observational evidence that bars indeed instigate central concentration of gas, the most comprehensive of which comes from surveys of molecular gas concentration in barred as compared to non-barred galaxies, as traced through the emission by CO molecules.
Fueling and morphology of central starbursts
In addition, rings are a known consequence of the presence of bars in disks, and logically bars have received more attention as possible primary instigators of nuclear activity.
Fueling and morphology of central starbursts
Temporal variation in precession parameters, as long as twosided and instigated at the jet launch point by angular momentum changes (e.g. caused by variation in the fuelling), are properly described as precession and are distinct from Scheuer’s (1982) Dentist’s Drill phenomenon.
Radio-loud and radio-quiet quasars: one population, different epochs of observation
In particular, double-diffusive modes may be excited within the fluid cores of rapidly rotating planets and protoplanets, possibly modulating pre-existing dynamo activity, or perhaps directly instigating convection itself in bodies that spin so rapidly that regular buoyancy instabilities are quenched.
Resistive double-diffusive instability in the dead-zones of protostellar disks
In the course of their analysis, the authors instigated quantum chemical calculations which provided evidence that the cyclic isomer of SiC2 may be lower in energy than the linear form .
Spectroscopic parameters for silacyclopropynylidene, SiC2, from extensive astronomical observations toward CW Leo (IRC +10216) with the Herschel satellite
An important remark which instigates the sketch of the paper is that all the previous statistics share the form bΛ = nk bB vec( cM − cMc )k2 with cMc = argmin rank(M )=mk bA vec( cM − M )k2 where k · k is the Euclidean norm, bA ∈ RpH×pH , bB ∈ RpH×pH .
Bootstrap Testing of the Rank of a Matrix via Least Squared Constrained Estimation