Definition of instigation in English:



  • The action or process of instigating an action or event.

    ‘he was deported in 1891 for his instigation and support of the protest’
    • ‘And since that person must have already killed someone to have got to that stage, this would be enough instigation for the substitute killer to do their job.’
    • ‘My investigations never indicated any evidence of extreme right-wing instigation or co-ordination of events that night.’
    • ‘In 1666, at Colbert's instigation, the Académie Royale des Sciences was founded.’
    • ‘The organisers are to be commended on the growth of the market since its instigation and also in achieving a very successful business market in the area.’
    • ‘At Franco's instigation, he went to Spain in 1948 to finish his studies and receive military training.’
    • ‘The ‘diverse’ curriculum increasingly common in our schools offers, at its best, much more than colorful reminders of ‘difference’ or instigations to ‘tolerance.’’
    • ‘It was at my instigation; she wanted to get married and I didn't, a familiar enough tale of couples in their late twenties.’
    • ‘A crucial breakthrough came at Miquel's instigation of the introduction of a management accounting system.’
    • ‘This detracts from official complicity or downright instigation of mob-violence.’
    • ‘A terracotta army of over 7000 life-sized soldiers made at his instigation and buried in three large pits near the tomb was discovered in 1974.’
    • ‘I find that the respondent himself actually either did this writing or wrote these letters or it was at the respondent's instigation.’
    • ‘Several years ago now, largely at my instigation, the turkey got fired from our family Christmas dinner.’
    • ‘This is the utmost instigation that should be condemned and, frankly, should be ended, so that the two sides can indeed reach a solution.’
    • ‘More research is needed to determine whether these risks can be reduced by more rapid instigation of preventive treatment.’
    • ‘Finally, I have never seen evidence of extremist instigation in schools we sponsor.’
    • ‘The Mental Health Review Board must conduct a review between four and six months after instigation of the order.’
    • ‘There can be no reason why there should not be immediate instigation of closure procedures.’
    • ‘It criminalises open instigation of terrorism and terror threats, and sets out a definition of the term ‘organised crime’.’
    • ‘It does not seem to me to matter at this stage at whose instigation for the moment, but it was the act of the engineer?’
    • ‘But he insists that it was at the woman's instigation, and said he was ‘stunned, disgusted and embarrassed’ by what she did.’
    prompting, suggestion
    initiation, incitement, provocation, stirring up, whipping up, kindling, fuelling, fomentation, encouragement, inducement
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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘incitement’): from Old French, or from Latin instigatio(n-), from the verb instigare (see instigate).