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in·sti·gate

 (ĭn′stĭ-gāt′)
tr.v. in·sti·gat·ed, in·sti·gat·ing, in·sti·gates
1. To initiate or bring about, often by inciting: instigate a public discussion of the issue; instigate an uprising.
2. To urge on; goad: tried to instigate the people to revolt.

[Latin īnstīgāre, īnstīgāt-; see steig- in Indo-European roots.]

in′sti·ga′tion n.
in′sti·ga′tive adj.
in′sti·ga′tor n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.instigator - someone who deliberately foments trouble; "she was the instigator of their quarrel"
ringleader - a person who leads (especially in illicit activities)
bad hat, mischief-maker, trouble maker, troublemaker, troubler - someone who deliberately stirs up trouble
2.instigator - a person who initiates a course of action
leader - a person who rules or guides or inspires others
aggressor - a confident assertive person who acts as instigator

instigator

instigator

noun
One who agitates, especially politically:
Translations

instigator

[ˈɪnstɪgeɪtəʳ] Ninstigador(a) m/f

instigator

[ˈɪnstɪgeɪtər] ninstigateur/trice m/f

instigator

n (of crime etc)Anstifter(in) m(f); (of new idea, reform etc)Initiator(in) m(f)

instigator

[ˈɪnstɪgeɪtəʳ] nistigatore/trice
References in classic literature ?
At that very time, in circumstances even more important than retreating without a battle, namely the evacuation and burning of Moscow, Rostopchin, who is usually represented as being the instigator of that event, acted in an altogether different manner from Kutuzov.
I myself, in fact, was the instigator of her going.
He cannot be the instigator of the three villains in horsemen's greatcoats, by whom she will hereafter be forced into a traveling-chaise and four, which will drive off with incredible speed.
And then, too, there was the instigator of the entire foul plot.
said Tarzan, turning to Rokoff, whom he intuitively singled out as the instigator of the outrage.
Yes, that I might be charged with having been the instigator of all this work, indeed, you are right," said the young man, blushing for a moment from regret of having betrayed so much eagerness.
What has become of Danglars, the instigator, and therefore the most guilty?
he cried impressively, "no one would take upon himself to accuse you of being an instigator or even an accomplice in it, especially as you have proved her guilt by turning out her pockets, showing that you had no previous idea of it.
Think you with impunity to threaten your jeddak--to question his right to punish traitors and instigators of treason?
The settlers renewed demands to close the Youth Against Settlements headquarters in the area, accusing the movement of being the main instigator of the attacks on settlers.
A 27-year-old man accused of being the instigator of a burglary that led to the death of a Moldovan woman, 36, in Larnaca in 2015 was jailed for 15 years on Tuesday after being found guilty on charges of manslaughter, conspiracy to commit a crime, burglary and theft.
According to what can be gleamed from posts published on the page, no single political movement seems to be the instigator, but rather the movement identifies itself as independent.