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Definition start or set into motion — typically some kind of conflict
  • The group is accused of instigating the violence in the area.
instigating = starting something or causing it to happen
  • She does not think the current leadership will instigate significant social reform.
  • instigate = start  something or take actions that cause it to happen
  • 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
  • instigated = started or caused something to happen
  • Known as "the Butcher" and "the Quack," Kitamura was Ofuna's most eager instigator of beatings.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • instigator = someone who starts something or causes it to happen
  • Even so, you could call her the instigator.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • instigator = person who started something or caused it to happen
  • What has become of Danglars, the instigator, and therefore the most guilty?
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • instigator = someone who started something or caused it to happen
  • "I really can see myself going to Oklahoma," Michael said, provoking a frenzy on the Oklahoma football fan Web sites, and instigating a number of calls from Oklahoma coaches.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • instigating = causing something to happen
  • Oscar Danilo Blandon, the so-called Johnny Appleseed of Crack, may have been the instigator of one ripple effect, in which by his actions a single person inadvertently causes an ocean of despair.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • instigator = someone who starts something or causes it to happen
  • He selects people who know absolutely nothing and instigates chaos through them.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • instigates = starts or sets into motion
  • at his heels a rabble of his companions, thither provoked and instigated by his distemper,
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • instigated = set into motion
  • Naturally, you can instigate one if finding your father's identity is important to you.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • instigate = start or take actions that will cause something to happen
  • Which instigates the moral reflection that life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating.
    O. Henry  --  The Gift of the Magi
  • instigates = sets into motion
  • Did instigate the bedlam brainsick Duchess
    Shakespeare, William  --  King Henry VI, Part 2
  • Even if you were really criminal, for that can only drive you to desperation, and not instigate you to virtue.
    Shelley, Mary  --  Frankenstein
  • Which instigates the moral reflection that life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating.
    Henry, O.  --  The Four Million
  • She is less of an instigator.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • An average woman is in this superior to an average man—that she never instigates, only responds.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • 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
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • 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
  • Those closest to the instigator seemed to be responding as color and light flowed from them toward him.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack

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