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- To goad or urge forward; to set on; to provoke; to incite.
- He hath only instigated his blackest agents to the very extent of their malignity. -Bp. Warburton.
Usage notes 
Commonly used with reference to evil actions; as, to instigate one to a crime.
Derived terms 
- instigate in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- instigate in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- present adverbial passive participle of instigi
- second-person plural present active imperative of instīgō