verb (used with object), in·sti·gat·ed, in·sti·gat·ing.
- instead of,
Origin of instigate
Examples from the Web for instigator
He was definitely an instigator [of the conversation], but I never felt intimidated.
He felt terrible, especially because it was his friend who had clearly been the instigator of the fight.
Will you tell me that M. de Provence, your instigator, did not know it; or M. le Comte d'Artois—or my women?The Queen's Necklace|Alexandre Dumas pre
Patty was the instigator, the champion player, and the final victim of the game.When Patty Went to College|Jean Webster
I felt sure that a plot had been formed against me, and that he was its framer and instigator.Will Weatherhelm|W.H.G. Kingston
All at once it occurred to him that some reward was due the instigator of his success.Thoroughbreds|W. A. Fraser
Or, she can see the objects, admire them, but seek beyond them for their Instigator and Creator.The Prodigal Returns|Lilian Staveley
Word Origin for instigate
1590s, from Latin instigator, agent noun from instigare (see instigation). Fem. formation instigatrix is recorded from 1610s.
1540s, back-formation from instigation or else from Latin instigatus, past participle of instigare "to urge on, incite" (see instigation). Related: Instigated; instigates; instigating.