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instigate


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Instigate  \In"sti*gate\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Instigated};  p. 
  pr  &  vb  n.  {Instigating}.]  [L.  instigatus  p.  p.  of 
  instigare  to  instigate;  pref.  in-  in  +  a  root  akin  to  G. 
  stechen  to  prick,  E.  stick.  See  {Stick}.] 
  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.  --Bp. 
  Warburton 
 
  Syn:  To  stimulate;  urge;  spur;  provoke;  tempt;  incite;  impel; 
  encourage;  animate. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  instigate 
  v  1:  provoke  or  stir  up  "incite  a  riot";  "set  off  great  unrest 
  among  the  people"  [syn:  {incite},  {set  off},  {stir  up}] 
  2:  serve  as  the  inciting  cause  of  "She  prompted  me  to  call  my 
  relatives"  [syn:  {prompt},  {inspire}] 




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