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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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This game instigates people, especially children to commit suicide as final task.
Workplace incivility is often instigated by a supervisor or a superior, and males are more likely to instigate than females (Cortina et al., 2002; Pearson et al., 2000; 2001).
His image production continually orbits around the legend of the American boxing champion: Muhammad Ali--em Stuck in funf Bildern (Muhammad Ali--a play in five acts), 2001, tells the tale of the artist Maria Venom, who instigates the fourfold cloning of Ali as the ultimate readymade, which in the end she achieves with the help of three female reproductive specialists, albeit producing an infa ntile and clownish version of the ideal.
Maulidi refuses to listen to her, does not do his chores and even instigates a fight between the two of them.
Prosecutors argued the sect instigates "religious enmity" by claiming to be the only true religion and endangers adherents' lives by prohibiting blood transfusions.
Since 1983 Mackechnie has been director of the Glasgow Print Studio, which encourages and promotes printmaking in the West of Scotland and instigates collaborations with artists.