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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
For small to medium sized enterprises, change is often instigated by outside expertise.
It was instigated by Sir Charles Bunbury, who had earlier established The Derby at Epsom.
The fascinating modern historic events there now were instigated by an unorthodox president who may be about to accomplish what orthodox leaders never could.
The case was instigated by Samir Sabry, a private lawyer who has brought numerous cases against Mr. Sisi’s critics in the news media.
The brawl was instigated in the third inning when Austin slid hard into shortstop Brock Holt trying to break up a double play.
Matheson got two minutes for instigating, five for fighting and 10 for an instigator misconduct penalty.
But among the myriad counter-protesters, USA Today reported police also encountered members of ANTIFA, a group known for wearing masks during its demonstrations and one that's instigated brawls and violent disruptions in the past.
But then Elvira’s ghost appears to Charles and begins instigating all kinds of trouble in a superficial romp that is beautifully paced to play’s end.
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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.
set in motion;
Synonym Discussion of instigate
- inciting a riot
- instigated a conspiracy
- aiding and abetting the enemy
- fomenting rebellion
INSTIGATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of instigate for English Language Learners
: to cause (something) to happen or begin
INSTIGATE Defined for Kids
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