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The group is accused of instigating the violence in the area.
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Instigate is often used to indicate the start of violence that will upset existing authority figures.
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  • The group is accused of instigating the violence in the area.
  • She does not think the current leadership will instigate significant social reform.
  • Which instigates the moral reflection that life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating.
    O. Henry  --  The Gift of the Maji
  • at his heels a rabble of his companions, thither provoked and instigated by his distemper,
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merry Wives of Windsor

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  • He was chairman of every bond drive, he gave tedious and embarrassing talks in assembly on the War Effort, the project he instigated and viewed with most pride was a tremendous billboard he caused to be erected in the front schoolyard proclaiming that the following graduates of MCHS were in the service of their country.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • Were the setups meant to instigate certain conflicts or provoke reactions for WICKED’s studies?
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • Even the ones that she instigates require much handholding and goo-gawing from Nick.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • She is less of an instigator.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • "It sounds like he didn’t really instigate anything."
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • No one knew he had instigated the shooting, or that he had even been present, and when it was announced that patrols would be increased to prevent further sniping, I hoped he would keep quiet and let the event pass.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life

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  • "Katherine Tyler, thou art here accused that not having the fear of God before thine eyes thou hast had familiarity with Satan the grand enemy of God and man, and that by his instigation and help thou hast in a preternatural way afflicted and done harm to the bodies and estates of sundry of His Majesty’s subjects, in the third year of His Majesty’s reign, for which by the law of God and the law of the Colony thou deservest to die."
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • We decided to instigate Operation Sausage at the beginning of the term.
    Louise Rennison  --  Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging
  • Two threats of school suspension, because I was the instigator of the PE locker room fights, according to the So-Called Gym Teacher.
    Gary D. Schmidt  --  Okay for Now
  • After all, a Jew and a Catholic in a "suicide pact" (as the Daily News termed it, in a garishly illustrated story on page three), unmarried lovers dwelling in sin, suggestive beauty and good looks, the instigator of the tragedy a young man with a history of psychotic episodes, and so on—this was the stuff of superscandal in the year 1947.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • When the second demo was finished, Alan instigated high-fives all around, and the young people laughed at his enthusiasm.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • Known as "the Butcher" and "the Quack," Kitamura was Ofuna’s most eager instigator of beatings.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • The young people, at the countess’ instigation, gathered round the clavichord and harp.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • I’m the instigator.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • What has become of Danglars, the instigator, and therefore the most guilty?
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Helen, once a peripheral figure in these discussions, became the epicenter, instigator, and protagonist.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • I was to be given to the wolves, and at my own instigation.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Even if you were really criminal, for that can only drive you to desperation, and not instigate you to virtue.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Even so, you could call her the instigator.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • The striking Union of Wynand Employees issued a protest against acts of violence; the Union had not instigated them; most of its members did not know who had.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Did you know that your employer, Mr. Ratchett, was the principal instigator in that affair?
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • Mr. Mayor, I have come to request you to instigate the authorities to dismiss me.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • She was also an instigator, more than happy to not only report the dish but stir it up as well.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • He could not have exaggerated them, except at your instigation.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • Her only advantage over the maze of opposition was her command of the one element that had instigated this act of the play: Eragon and Saphira.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • She was the instigator.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • He had failed, and while his masters were particularly patient they often instigated plans that took centuries to mature their patience was now beginning to run out.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • On the contrary, it seemed, that mainly at Steelkilt’s instigation, they had resolved to maintain the strictest peacefulness, obey all orders to the last, and, when the ship reached port, desert her in a body.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • It was at his instigation that Mrs. Highcamp called to ask her to go with them to the Jockey Club to witness the turf event of the season.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • A gleam of resentment flashed across the dark lineaments of the Mohican chief; he loosened his knife in his sheath; and then turning calmly from the sight, his countenance settled into a repose as deep as if he knew the instigation of passion.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Those closest to the instigator seemed to be responding as color and light flowed from them toward him.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • We are fully aware that the guilt in this case lies chiefly with Mr. Kenneth Danagger, who instigated this infringement of the law, who exerted pressure upon you and who confessed his guilt by disappearing in order to escape trial
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • I was exceedingly anxious about Fanny, and Peter too, who was running a tremendous risk at my instigation.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • By whom can he have been instigated?
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • Take the whole situation all around, it was one of the gaudiest effects I ever instigated.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • He made contact with the young people in the town, who lacked political knowledge, and he embarked on a stealthy campaign of instigation.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • He pushed back his chair, took his hat from the nail, and marched out with Emil, who, with his university ideas, was supposed to have instigated the silo.
    Willa Cather  --  O Pioneers!
  • If I appear, then thou diest, even although thy charms should instigate some hot-headed youth to enter the lists in thy defence.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • It had been something planned, prepared, and carried out at the instigation of Shangri-La.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • Bassompierre and Schomberg were marshals of France, and claimed their right of commanding the army under the orders of the king; but the cardinal, who feared that Bassompierre, a Huguenot at heart, might press but feebly the English and Rochellais, his brothers in religion, supported the Duc d’Angouleme, whom the king, at his instigation, had named lieutenant general.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • The deputation, though it had been summoned at Alexey Alexandrovitch’s instigation, was not without its discomforting and even dangerous aspect, and he was glad he had found it in Moscow.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Why, what need we Commune with you of this, but rather follow Our forceful instigation?
    William Shakespeare  --  The Winter’s Tale
  • An average woman is in this superior to an average man—that she never instigates, only responds.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • 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.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • From the KGB’s perspective, outside instigation is the far more attractive alternative; it makes for a bigger operation.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • ’Oh, you are going to perform an act of heroic virtue: to confess you murdered your father, that the valet murdered him at your instigation.’
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
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