Instigate In"sti*gate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Instigated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Instigating}.] [L. instigatus, p. p. of instigare to instigate; pref. in- in + a root akin to G. stechen to prick, E. stick. See {Stick}.] To goad or urge forward; to set on; to provoke; to incite; -- used chiefly with reference to evil actions; as, to instigate one to a crime. [1913 Webster]

He hath only instigated his blackest agents to the very extent of their malignity. --Bp. Warburton.

Syn: To stimulate; urge; spur; provoke; tempt; incite; impel; encourage; animate. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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