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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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It has been proved that a group of instigators was in the city on July 28 to sabotage operation of public transport.
It reiterated full support for all the steps undertaken in Bahrain to combat terror and confront instigators who condone and harbour terrorists, extending condolences to the Governments and peoples of Bahrain and the UAE and the bereaved families, wishing the wounded quick recovery.
The statement asserted zero tolerance against the instigators and perpetrators of the terror blast and vowed that they would be brought to justice.
Think about it, the instigators have plotted in advance & have been drumming up support, so have a head start.
Maliki added: "Everyone should know that the instigators are not looking an interest for a certain sect or party, but they pretended and shed crocodile tears, they do not care only their own interests and the interests of their masters.
What are the main costs and benefits for the instigators of the open innovation process and for the participating users from the perspective of the developed typology?
The security forces will not tolerate instigators of sedition and disorder who offend their society and homeland, and become tools in the hands of the enemies of the homeland and nation," the Security Spokesman confirmed.
By ALAN ERWIN A TEENAGER accused of Eleventh Night rioting was among the main instigators of the trouble, a court heard yesterday.
Summary: Rabat - The Interior Ministry issued on Tuesday the following statement: the secretary-general of the Justice and Development Party said, during the second conference of the Party's counselors association held in Rabat on September 25th, 2010, he was astonished that the names of the instigators of the terrorist attacks of May 16th, 2003 were not announced.
According to the Bahrain News Agency (BNA), King Hamad Bin Eisa Al Khalifa said that all forms of incitement carried out by instigators must be halted, with the instigators bearing full responsibility for their actions.
January 4, 2010 (ADDIS ABABA) -- Eritrean president, Isaias Afeworki said that intelligence agencies of the United States were the main instigators of the 1998-2000 Ethiopia-Eritrea border war which claimed the lives of 70,000 people.
If Muslims were not to see all Serbs as murderers, it was important to set up trials for the main instigators of the massacres in former Yugoslavia.