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.

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They took their cheerful rides in the fine mornings of April and May; and Fanny either sat at home the whole day with one aunt, or walked beyond her strength at the instigation of the other: Lady Bertram holding exercise to be as unnecessary for everybody as it was unpleasant to herself; and Mrs.
Then came a stranger from another tribe, sent I am sure at the instigation of Hooja.
Geoffrey, at my instigation, has arranged a harmless little golf party to go to Brancaster the day after to-morrow.
The Titans, oppressed by their father, revolt at the instigation of Earth, under the leadership of Cronos, and as a result Heaven and Earth are separated, and Cronos reigns over the universe.
Direct attacks on any person, family, religion or ethnicity will not be tolerated, that includes, but not limited to, threats and instigations, personal attacks and jokes.
Minister Lavrov voiced regret over the instigations by some 'foreign players' in calling on the opposition to reject dialogue, describing such instigations as 'wrong', 'provocative' and as 'leading to nothing new'.