- the act of instigating; incitement.
- an incentive.
Origin of instigation
Examples from the Web for instigation
His feelings had been played upon by the owner of the Indian, at Langdon's instigation.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Her mother, at the instigation of Antony Harlowe, forbids their correspondence.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
If so, why at the instigation of the Continent order 100,000 breechloaders?
Another was published in 1783 at Benjamin Franklin's own instigation.The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of Citizens
We turned mutineers at your instigation, and what have we made of it?Frank Merriwell Down South
Burt L. Standish
Word Origin and History for instigation
early 15c., from Middle French instigation and directly from Latin instigationem (nominative instigatio), noun of action from past participle stem of instigare "urge on, incite," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + *stigare, a root meaning "to prick," from PIE root *steig- "to prick, stick, pierce" (see stick (v.)).