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Synonyms for instigate
ˈɪn stɪˌgeɪt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. incite, instigate, set off, stir up(verb)

    provoke or stir up

    "incite a riot"; "set off great unrest among the people"

    Synonyms:
    motivate, start, vex, incite, detonate, raise up, bring out, wake, offset, spark, commove, inflame, disturb, propel, shake up, take off, agitate, explode, trigger off, move, part, trigger, fire up, inspire, trip, prod, egg on, depart, set off, heat, prompt, activate, spark off, touch off, blow up, ignite, start out, foment, set forth, actuate, stir up, cancel, set out

  2. prompt, inspire, instigate(verb)

    serve as the inciting cause of

    "She prompted me to call my relatives"

    Synonyms:
    enliven, actuate, cue, invigorate, inhale, prompt, urge, move, exhort, propel, motivate, barrack, remind, exalt, stir up, breathe in, revolutionise, revolutionize, pep up, urge on, animate, incite, inspire, root on, set off, cheer

Wiktionary

  1. instigate(verb)

    Synonyms:
    incite, provoke, tempt, spur, urge, stimulate, animate, impel, encourage

    Antonyms:
    stop, halt, prevent

  2. instigate(verb)

    To goad or urge forward; to set on; to provoke; to incite.

    He hath only instigated his blackest agents to the very extent of their malignity. -Bp. Warburton.

    Synonyms:
    tempt, spur, encourage, impel, urge, stimulate, provoke, animate, incite

    Antonyms:
    prevent, halt, stop

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. instigate

    Abet and instigate are now used almost without exception in a bad sense; one may incite either to good or evil. One incites or instigates to the doing of something not yet done, or to increased activity or further advance in the doing of it; one abets by giving sympathy, countenance, or substantial aid to the doing of that which is already projected or in process of commission. Abet and instigate apply either to persons or actions, incite to persons only; one incites a person to an action. A clergyman will advocate the claims of justice, aid the poor, encourage the despondent, support the weak, uphold the constituted authorities; but he will not incite to a quarrel, instigate a riot, or abet a crime. The originator of a crime often instigates or incites others to abet him in it, or one may instigate or incite others to a crime in the commission of which he himself takes no active part. Compare HELP.

    Synonyms:
    abet, advocate, aid, assist, countenance, embolden, encourage, incite, promote, sanction, support, uphold

    Antonyms:
    baffle, confound, counteract, denounce, deter, disapprove, disconcert, discourage, dissuade, expose, frustrate, hinder, impede, obstruct

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. instigate(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    incite, impel, move, urge, provoke, stimulate, rouse, actuate, persuade, influence, encourage, prompt, set on, prevail upon, stir up, spur on

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    incite, foment, incitement, abet, seditious

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How to use instigate in a sentence?

  1. Latin America:

    With lies and tricks they're trying to instigate hatred and racism.

  2. Hun Sen:

    Politicians should not use this to instigate things that would lead the country into unrest.

  3. Tony Blinken:

    [Putin] managed to sow doubt about our electoral system. He managed to help defeat the candidate that he despised Hillary Clinton. He managed to get the first national security adviser adviser fired, he managed to instigate instigate multiple counterintelligence investigations and now he's managed in effect to cause the president to fire the FBI director who is investigating him because of concerns about collusion with Russia.

  4. Dean Alexander:

    Unfortunately I think it is more of what we can expect in the future -- whether it is copy cats or whether you have, again, either ISIS-aligned or inspired or ISIS-directed individuals, it might instigate ISIS to take a more proactive approach to send individuals here to the U.S. or to try to recruit.

  5. Karen Bradley:

    We need to ensure that where a serious crime has been committed, the police are informed and can instigate an appropriate multi-agency response to protect girls and bring perpetrators to justice.


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