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To incite, stimulate, or induce into action; goad into an unlawful or bad action, such as a crime.

The term instigate is used synonymously with abet, which is the intentional encouragement or aid of another individual in committing a crime.


verb abet, actuate, agitate, coax, encourage, enflame, enkindle, excite, fire, fire up, foment, generate, goad, impel, incite, induce, inflame, initiate, inspire, inspirit, invigorate, lure, motivate, move, persuade, prevail upon, prod, prompt, provoke, push, spur, start, stimulate, stir up, thrust, urge
Associated concepts: code of conduct for law enforcement officials, entrapment
See also: abet, activate, agitate, bait, evoke, exhort, foment, goad, harass, impel, incite, induce, inspire, lobby, motivate, pique, press, prompt, provoke, spirit, stimulate, suborn, urge
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21 ( ANI ): Kartik Meher, the accused arrested for throwing shoes at Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday averred that he was instigated to react.
Today, the Member for Nanango told listeners to the ABC Country Hour, that the LNP Government instigated the review into the states biosecurity system.
Besides, if I instigated lakhs of people in 2010, who instigated the protestors in 2008, he enquired.
Quoting unofficial sources from the Court, the newspaper writes that the witness was not present in the critical moment and according to the testimony, an indictment cannot be instigated.
New Delhi, July 21 -- The largest passenger car maker Maruti Suzuki's Manesar plant will remain closed for the third day today after the violence on Wednesday in which one senior company official was killed, while the police has said most of the workers who instigated the incident have been identified.
I am totally appalled by the way that an incident has been hijacked and exploited (maybe instigated, who knows?
Khalfan bin Said bin Mohammed Al Maqbali was charged with forming a group named 'the Dragon Gang', which instigated riots, damaged private and public properties and threatened citizens in Sohar along with making explosives.
The probe was instigated by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary.
While VOSA's American equivalent, the National Highway Traffic System Administrations had instigated 118 recalls in 2010, VOSA had instigated none.
While VOSA's American equivalent the National Highway Traffic System Administrations (NHTSA) had instigated 118 recalls in 2010, VOSA had instigated none, said Which?
Naji called on Sadrists not to be instigated and prevent occupation's plans to have their forces remain in Iraq.
The White House repeated President Barack Obama's call for an orderly transition of power to begin "now" and raised the possibility the Government might have instigated violence in Cairo that intensified on Wednesday when pro-Mubarak forces entered the fray.