Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


I am the Deputy Rossi who is said to have instigated the late riots.

And yet no one could say but that she had behaved well and been instigated by good motives.

No, madame:—My crime is that I have instigated the youth against their superiors.

This man forgot that the law was instigated for the purpose of justice.

I have no doubt that Pizarro instigated the soldiers himself.

You have instigated them to fall on our people in the most outrageous manner.

The clerk, instigated by the newspaper men, was at his elbow.

And I had reason to believe that he was instigated to do so by my own wife!

Percy had instigated Violet's opposition, and she was in no charity with him.

It was I who instigated the old beggar to ask thee for alms.


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