Definition of instigation in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌinstəˈɡāSH(ə)n/


The action or process of instigating an action or event: he was deported in 1891 for his instigation and support of the protest
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  • My investigations never indicated any evidence of extreme right-wing instigation or co-ordination of events that night.
  • But he insists that it was at the woman's instigation, and said he was ‘stunned, disgusted and embarrassed’ by what she did.
  • It criminalises open instigation of terrorism and terror threats, and sets out a definition of the term ‘organised crime’.
prompting, suggestion, recommendation;
request, entreaty, demand, insistence;
wish, desire, persuasion
formal instance
incitement, initiation, provocation, stirring up, fomentation, inducement, encouragement


Late Middle English (in the sense 'incitement'): from Old French, or from Latin instigatio(n-), from the verb instigare (see instigate).

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