- Rhymes: -eɪʃən
instigation (plural instigations)
- The act of instigating, or the state of being instigated; incitement; especially to evil or wickedness.
1922, Ben Travers, chapter 5, in A Cuckoo in the Nest:
- The departure was not unduly prolonged. […] Within the door Mrs. Spoker hastily imparted to Mrs. Love a few final sentiments on the subject of Divine Intention in the disposition of buckets; farewells and last commiserations; a deep, guttural instigation to the horse; and the wheels of the waggonette crunched heavily away into obscurity.
act of instigating
instigation f (plural instigations)