What does the word instigate mean?

    Part of speech: noun

  • Instigation.

  • Part of speech: verb transitive

  • To stimulate to a bad action.

Usage examples for instigate

  1. These impostures, printed in bulletins, were well calculated to instigate the Italians, and especially the Venetians, to rise in mass to exterminate the French, when the victorious army should penetrate into the Hereditary States. – The Project Gutenberg Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte by Bourrienne, Constant, and Stewarton
  2. Besides, there had been talk of disbarring him from the practice of his profession, and I, as a lawyer, had been urged to instigate that proceeding. – The Boss of Little Arcady by Harry Leon Wilson
  3. It was dangerous to separate, though, in search of provisions, as it was more than possible that the Arabs might instigate the natives to attack them. – The Three Commanders by W.H.G. Kingston