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Synonyms for instigate
ˈɪn stɪˌgeɪtin·sti·gate

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Wiktionary

  1. instigateverb

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

    Antonyms:
    halt, stop, prevent

  2. instigateverb

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

    Antonyms:
    stop, halt, prevent

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. incite, instigate, set off, stir upverb

    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, instigateverb

    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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. instigateverb

    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 for "instigate":

    incite, foment, incitement, abet, seditious

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How to use instigate in a sentence?

  1. 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.

  2. Hun Sen:

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

  3. Rodrigo Catril:

    Markets appear to be coming around to the Fed narrative that a burst in inflation is only likely to be temporary, a temporary spike in prices should not instigate a removal of stimulatory policies from central banks.

  4. Jerry Springer:

    Never before has the candidate himself been the one to instigate whatever the problems are, and so yes, that has created a problem. But frankly ... I don't think there's any way that Donald Trump gets elected as president of the United States.

  5. CLIFFORD VILLALON:

    The purpose of writing is not to commend the flaws and imperfections in life. We do not write to encourage enmity or to instigate evil. We want to promote writing not as self-expression, but to minimize life's imperfections.


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