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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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He claimed that he is the only instigator of the calls to protest on Friday and that he called for a "revolution" due to deteriorating political and economic conditions in Egypt under the rule of the army.
There should be a ruling that the instigators win by at least 75% if they wish to change the status quo.
Most change instigators report to the CEO and have better relationships outside the organizations and have a broader absorption canvass.
It has been proved that a group of instigators was in the city on July 28 to sabotage operation of public transport.
The statement asserted zero tolerance against the instigators and perpetrators of the terror blast and vowed that they would be brought to justice.
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.
Maliki urged the armed forces to " not to be hesitate to strike the terrorism and pursue and follow whose who instigate it," calling on the media to be responsible and professional and not to allow the sectarian and violence or racism's instigators to emerge and not to give them a chance to broadcast strife through the media to achieve their malignant goals from any party whatsoever and any trend they belong.
The cost for instigators remains rather low and controllable, as classical market can be easily planned and carried out.
Riyadh, Sha'ban 18, 1433, Jul 8, 2012, SPA -- With the help of Allah Almighty, Nimr Baqir Al-Nimr, a seditious instigator in the town of Awamiyah, was arrested at 4:00 p.
From viewing CCTV of the public disorder that took place on the Eleventh it would appear that the defendant wasn't just taking part, he was one of the main instigators.
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.