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Examples of instigate in a Sentence
There has been an increase in the amount of violence instigated by gangs.
The government has instigated an investigation into the cause of the accident.
Recent Examples of instigate from the Web
Sometimes actors themselves buy into these extreme methods, whether devised on their own or instigated by the director.
Police could not determine who instigated the fight. Because the injured woman's grandchild was at the home and she was intoxicated, she was cited for disorderly conduct.
President Donald Trump and Republicans leaders in Congress have accused Schumer of instigating the shutdown that started on Friday at midnight.
Dunkirk was, obviously, a monumental task instigated by the great Chris Nolan.
Defendants in both federal lawsuits over the hostage standoff Salters instigated at the hospital last year filed arguments recently supporting their motions for a judge to dismiss the civil complaints, which demand a jury trial.
In the film, co-director Larry Loewinger interviews several older residents who claim that the riot was instigated by Soviet intelligence, or even that Jews themselves staged a massacre by dragging bodies to the scene.
Qualcomm contends these regulatory attacks have been instigated by Apple.
Green was furious with the decision, as Beal had physically instigated the incident.
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Did You Know?
Instigate is often used as a synonym of incite (as in "hoodlums instigating violence"), but the two words differ slightly in their overall usage. Incite usually stresses an act of stirring something up that one did not necessarily initiate ("the court's decision incited riots"). Instigate implies responsibility for initiating or encouraging someone else's action and usually suggests dubious or underhanded intent ("he was charged with instigating a conspiracy"). Another similar word, foment, implies causing something by means of persistent goading ("the leader's speeches fomented a rebellion"). Deriving from the past participle of the Latin verb instigare, instigate first appeared in English in the mid-16th century, approximately 60 years after incite and about 70 years before foment.
Synonymsabet, brew, ferment, foment, incite, pick, provoke, raise, stir (up), whip (up)
Related Wordsadvance, cultivate, encourage, forward, foster, further, nourish, nurture, promote, sow, stimulate; detonate, set, set off, trigger; excite, galvanize, inflame (also enflame), inspire, motivate, rouse; activate, energize, enliven, fire, invigorate, jazz (up), liven (up), pep (up), quicken, stimulate, vitalize
Near Antonymsbridle, check, constrain, curb, discourage, hold, inhibit, regulate, rein (in), restrain, tame; allay, calm, quiet, settle, soothe, still, subdue, tranquilize (also tranquillize)
Synonym Discussion of instigate
- inciting a riot
- instigated a conspiracy
- aiding and abetting the enemy
- fomenting rebellion
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