instigation

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instigation

noun actuation, agitation, animation, causation, coaxing, easement, encouragement, exhortation, fomentation, goading, helpfulness, impetus, impulsion, incentive, incitation, incitement, inducement, influence, initiation, insistance, insistence, invigoration, invitation, irritation, motivation, perturbation, piquancy, pressure, prompting, provocation, solicitation, stimulation, stimulus, suasion, supporting, taunting, urging
Associated concepts: accomplice, aiding and abetting a crime, instigation of a crime, promoting a crime
Foreign phrases: Plus peccat author quam actor.The origiiator or instigator of a crime is a worse offender than the actual perpetrator of it.
See also: basis, cause, determinant, impetus, incentive, inducement, influence, origination, provocation, reason

INSTIGATION. The act by which one incites another to do something, as to injure a third person, or to commit some crime or misdemeanor, to commence a suit or to prosecute a criminal. Vide Accomplice.