• WordNet 3.6
    • n instigator a person who initiates a course of action
    • n instigator someone who deliberately foments trouble "she was the instigator of their quarrel"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Instigator One who instigates or incites.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n instigator One who or that which instigates; an inciter.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Instigator an inciter, generally in a bad sense
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L.: cf. F. instigateur,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. instigāre, -ātum.


In literature:

At the Emperor's instigation, the Cardinal Infante, the brother of Philip IV.
"The Thirty Years War, Complete" by Friedrich Schiller
It was but a band of a few outcasts and desperadoes, instigated by two or three enthusiasts, nothing more.
"The Revolt of The Netherlands, Complete" by Friedrich Schiller
He was considered as the instigator of the whole affair.
"Rob Roy, Volume 1., Illustrated" by Sir Walter Scott
He was considered as the instigator of the whole affair.
"Rob Roy, Complete, Illustrated" by Sir Walter Scott
Rufinus, at whose instigation he acted, attacked me.
"Beric the Briton" by G. A. Henty
All our wars are instigated by the relations of those killed, or by aggressions on our hunting grounds.
"Autobiography of Ma-ka-tai-me-she-kia-kiak, or Black Hawk" by Black Hawk
Take the whole situation all around, it was one of the gaudiest effects I ever instigated.
"A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Part 8." by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Is it you who are the instigator of this persecution?
"The History of Pendennis" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Such were the assertions made, and the police were instigated to new exertions.
"The Eustace Diamonds" by Anthony Trollope
It has been at his instigation that the magistrates proposed to disturb the meeting.
"The Disowned, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton

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:

If the waters of the Baltic get warmer, it may instigate low oxygen conditions and massive blooms of cyanobacteria ("blue-green algae").
When the Capitals hosted Columbus on Nov 1, it was Chimera who instigated a scrum that resulted in Ovechkin suffering a shoulder injury that sidelined the two-time MVP for six games.
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.
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Richmond gang rape instigator gets 32 years in prison.
The man considered the instigator of a horrific attack on a 16-year-old girl outside a homecoming dance at Richmond High School received a long prison sentence Friday.
The Organizational Strategist This blog is meant for leaders, consultants, project leads, change agents, managers, positive deviants, and anyone else that might instigate , inspire, inform or influence change in an organization.
New Providence parents instigate Halloween 'flash mob' despite state cancellation.
DuPont Instigate , a new corn herbicide labeled for application from preplant through early emergence, has received EPA approval for use in the northern and eastern Corn Belt.
Disorderly' man did not instigate riot.
A Lycoming County judge found a city man not guilty Tuesday of instigating a riot on Second Avenue last summer but guilty of disorderly conduct during the disturbance.
LB Curtis Lofton, QB Chase Daniel instigate mini-fracas at Saints minicamp.
The Jeff Albert Instigation Quartet.
Punk rock instigation at the Mill.
Union City police charge man, 22, in stabbing of trash-throwing ' instigator '.

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