- 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.
Origin of instigate
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1. arouse, provoke. 2. induce, stimulate, encourage, push; initiate, start.
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- to bring about, as by incitement or urgingto instigate rebellion
- to urge on to some drastic or inadvisable action
C16: from Latin instīgāre to stimulate, incite; compare Greek stizein to prick
Word Origin and History for uninstigated
1540s, back-formation from instigation or else from Latin instigatus, past participle of instigare "to urge on, incite" (see instigation). Related: Instigated; instigates; instigating.
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