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instigator

[ in-sti-gey-ter ]
/ ˈɪn stɪˌgeɪ tər /
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noun
a person or thing that provokes or incites an action or course:Peaceful protesters outnumbered the violent instigators, and they kept the demonstration from becoming a riot.Plays to be performed at the festival focus on a theme of how youth can be the instigators of positive change.
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Rarely in·sti·gant [in-sti-guhnt] /ˈɪn stɪ gənt/ .
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