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instigate

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Synonyms for instigate

  • abet
  • bring about
  • foment
  • incite
  • inflame
  • initiate
  • kindle
  • plot
  • prompt
  • spur
  • whip up
  • actuate
  • encourage
  • goad
  • hint
  • impel
  • insinuate
  • move
  • needle
  • persuade
  • plan
  • raise
  • rouse
  • scheme
  • start
  • stimulate
  • suggest
  • urge
  • add fuel
  • egg on
  • fire up
  • make waves
  • put up to
  • rabble-rouse
  • set on
  • steam up
  • stir up
  • turn on
  • work up
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Antonyms for instigate

  • deter
  • discourage
  • dissuade
  • halt
  • neglect
  • put out
  • stop
  • calm
  • conclude
  • depress
  • finish
  • ignore
  • repress
  • suppress
  • prevent
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR INSTIGATE

To instigate, incite, provoke, to urge on: from the Anglo-Saxon eggion.

How does abet differ from incite and instigate as to the time of the action?

I have let you recruit criminals and instigate riots while you live in my mansion.

So many favors from heaven were calculated to instigate the malice of hell.

What might instigate him to this devilish act, I am not able to conjecture.

With such a man to instigate her to crime, who can say what the girl might not venture?

Comeveden, didst move or instigate; agreeing with ye, for which Mod.

You scrupled not to encourage the discontented and to instigate the seditious.

His object was to instigate a little rebellion on the part of the bishop.

If he did not instigate it, he certainly heartily approved it.

WORD ORIGIN

1540s, back-formation from instigation or else from Latin instigatus, past participle of instigare "to urge on, incite" (see instigation). Related: Instigated; instigates; instigating.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR INSTIGATE

abet

verbassist, help in wrongdoing
  • advocate
  • back
  • condone
  • egg on
  • encourage
  • endorse
  • goad
  • incite
  • instigate
  • prod
  • promote
  • provoke
  • sanction
  • spur
  • support
  • urge
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