[ in-sti-gey-shuh n ]
/ ˌɪn stɪˈgeɪ ʃən /


the act of instigating; incitement.
an incentive.

Origin of instigation

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin instīgātiōn- (stem of instīgātiō). See instigate, ion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper