Definitions

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  • n. The act of instigating, or the state of being instigated; incitement; especially to evil or wickedness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of instigating, or the state of being instigated; incitement; esp. to evil or wickedness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of instigating; incitement, as to wrong-doing; temptation; prompting.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the verbal act of urging on
  • n. deliberate and intentional triggering (of trouble or discord)

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Examples

  • But Charles and his audience believe that I was responsible for MSNBC's comments about LGF, either through direct instigation, which is false, or through indirect provocation through my two posts mentioning the site.

    what's true - Anil Dash

  • He recalled the instigation of the series in an interview with the Payson Roundup about six years ago.

    Payson Roundup stories

  • However, according to Roberto Pereira, the journalist's attorney, the broadcasting of opinions favoring the right to gather and demonstrate freely cannot be classified as instigation to commit a crime, nor can it be considered to constitute complicity in the commission of any crime that other people may commit while exercising the aforementioned rights.

    IFEX - IFEX

  • How come they turned against their own party and chased them out, on the 'instigation' of those whom they had never before given the time of day?

    Nandigram: Fact And CPI(M)'s Fiction

  • Some tutors attempt the _suaviter in modo_, my schoolmaster preferred the _fortiter in re_, and, as the boatswain said, by the "instigation" of a large knotted stick, he drove knowledge into our skulls as a caulker drives oakum into the seams of a ship.

    Frank Mildmay The Naval Officer

  • Some tutors attempt the _suaviter in modo_, my schoolmaster preferred the _fortiter in re_; and, as the boatswain said, by the "instigation" of a large knotted stick, he drove knowledge into our skulls as a caulker drives oakum into the seams of

    Frank Mildmay Or, The Naval Officer

  • We have come to America to seek refuge from the oppression of Islam and expose to the American public what kind of instigation we suffered at the hands of hateful Muslim preachers who incite the worshiping crowds to burn our homes, kidnap our girls and suppress our freedom to practice our religion.

    The Earth Times Online Newspaper

  • He said money had been provided through the generosity of friends but they may no longer be prepared to do so after their names appeared in newspapers on the "instigation" of the wife.

    The Independent - Frontpage RSS Feed

  • At least that was my first thought, since the word "instigation" does sound, itself, like bullying.

    Boundless Line

  • A 1959 report to the Secretariat of the Central Committee of the Socialist Unity Party showed that rock-and-roll protests, illegal trips to West Germany, acts of “outrageous instigation” against the GDR leadership, and youth crime had all increased rapidly.

    A Renegade History of the United States

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