instigation

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n instigation deliberate and intentional triggering (of trouble or discord)
    • n instigation the verbal act of urging on
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Instigation The act of instigating, or the state of being instigated; incitement; esp. to evil or wickedness. "The baseness and villainy that . . . the instigation of the devil could bring the sons of men to."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n instigation The act of instigating; incitement, as to wrong-doing; temptation; prompting.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Instigation the act of inciting: impulse, esp. to evil
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. instigatio,: cf. F. instigation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. instigāre, -ātum.

Usage

In literature:

When at Cuthbert's instigation she refused, he forced her away, shrieking for help.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol. I" by Various
The Pope instigated the most violent proceedings; so did the King of Spain.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume VIII" by John Lord
By wars instigated, not by the passions of the natives, but by our avarice.
"The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the" by Thomas Clarkson
Far up a nightly instigation of stars he sees: but he may not strike them with the head.
"Prince Zaleski" by M.P. Shiel
F. Hubbard, a lumber baron and uncle of the dead man, is held to have been the instigator of the plot in which his nephew was shot.
"The Centralia Conspiracy" by Ralph Chaplin
It was on the day following this that Jack Nugent, at his sister's instigation, made an attempt to avenge the family honour.
"At Sunwich Port, Part 1." by W.W. Jacobs
It was on the day following this that Jack Nugent, at his sister's instigation, made an attempt to avenge the family honour.
"At Sunwich Port, Complete" by W.W. Jacobs
The measure, however, was postponed for a few days at the instigation of the elder citizens.
"The History of Rome; Books Nine to Twenty-Six" by Titus Livius
Most of these pranks seemed to have been instigated by a laughing, curly-haired young man named Fay.
"The Claim Jumpers" by Stewart Edward White
Bradbury concluded his narrative, they were still at sea as to the main instigator of the plot.
"The Girl Aviators' Sky Cruise" by Margaret Burnham
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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:

Josh Koscheck, right, here against Anthony Johnson in November 2009, has developed a reputation as being an instigator.
Both are looking forward to getting back to smaller organizing after May Day ends — organizing that will hopefully instigate improvements that don't disappear when the crowd goes home and the black bloc unmasks .
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.
BEIJING (AP) — Police detained a monk and his nephew in China's Sichuan province and accused them of instigating the self-immolations of eight ethnic Tibetans on the instructions of the Dalai Lama and his followers, state media said.
Police detained a monk and his nephew in China's Sichuan province and accused them of instigating the self-immolations of eight ethnic Tibetans on the instructions of the Dalai Lama and his followers, state media said.
Police detained a monk and his nephew in China's Sichuan province and accused them of instigating the self-immolations of eight ethnic Tibetans on the instructions of the Dalai Lama and his followers, state media said Sunday.
C hinese state media say police have detained a monk and his nephew in the southwestern province of Sichuan and accused them of instigating the self-immolations of eight ethnic Tibetans.
BEIJING — Chinese state media say police have detained a monk and his nephew in the southwestern province of Sichuan and accused them of instigating the self-immolations of eight ethnic Tibetans.
BEIJING — Police detained a monk and his nephew in China's Sichuan province and accused them of instigating the self-immolations of eight ethnic Tibetans on the instructions of the Dalai Lama and his followers, state media said.
In Ben Marcus's intense and peculiar "The Flame Alphabet ," children are the instigators of a plague: their words sicken and kill adults.
Obama, instigator v. Final debate winners and losers.
Companies that specialize in flavors often are the instigators.
LB Curtis Lofton, QB Chase Daniel instigate mini- fracas at Saints minicamp.
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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
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