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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 ?
What has become of Danglars, the instigator, and therefore the most guilty?
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.
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.
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.
I myself, in fact, was the instigator of her going.
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?
He was an instigator of the Neuroequilibriometric Society, and the Tato-Claussen Award for clinical achievement bears his name.
She was not entirely the instigator because, she would say, such acts had been suggested by other employees in the unit,'' said Mr Hughes.