WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- the act of instigating;
- an incentive.
- Latin instīgātiōn- (stem of instīgātiō). See instigate, ion
- late Middle English 1375–1425
- to cause (something) to happen by urging; foment:[~ + object]to instigate a quarrel.
- to urge or provoke to some action:[~ + object + to + verb/object]to instigate people to revolt.
in•sti•ga•tor, n. [countable]Blame the riot on those instigators.
- to cause by incitement; foment:to instigate a quarrel.
- to urge, provoke, or incite to some action or course:to instigate the people to revolt.
- Latin instīgātus past participle of instīgāre to goad on, impel, equivalent. to in- in-2 + -stīg- goad, prick (akin to stigma, stick2) + -ātus -ate1
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged arouse, provoke.
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged induce, stimulate, encourage, push;