instigate

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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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for instigate in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)

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. (transitive) To incite; to bring about by urging or encouraging.
    to instigate a riot
  2. (transitive) To goad or urge (a person) forward, especially to wicked actions; to provoke.
    to instigate someone to a crime
    • Bishop Warburton
      He hath only instigated his blackest agents to the very extent of their malignity.

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instigate

  1. present adverbial passive participle of instigi

Latin[edit]

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instīgāte

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of instīgō