instigate

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English[edit]

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

Etymology[edit]

From the Latin instigatus, past participle of instigare (to instigate), from prefix in- in + *stigare, akin to stinguere (push, goad). Akin to German stechen (to prick), English stick.

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instigate (third-person singular simple present instigates, present participle instigating, simple past and past participle instigated)

  1. 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.

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Commonly used with reference to evil actions; as, to instigate one to a crime.

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instigate

  1. present adverbial passive participle of instigi

Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

instīgāte

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of instīgō