instigate

Definition: To provoke

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Phineas redux - By Anthony Trollope
...If a man were to instigate another to murder he would be punished, not for the murder, but for the instigation ....
Barchester Towers - By Anthony Trollope, Michael Sadleir
...I believe Dr. Proudie has lived too long among gentlemen to be guilty, or to instigate another to be guilty, of so gross an outrage ....
The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon - By Washington Irving
...Suspicions, however, which were at first but vague and indefinite, began to acquire form and substance; and he was at length charged with attempting to instigate the various Eastern tribes to rise at once, and, by a simultaneous effort, to throw off the yoke of their oppressors ....
Pastime Stories - By Thomas Nelson Page
...During the next month and the next came other letters, each longer and more upbraiding than its predecessor, the last openly declaring the writer 's opinion that only malicious jealousy or a more dishonest motive could instigate such treatment, which she characterized as " outrageous " and " ungentlemanly . "...
A Guide to the Best Fiction in English - By Ernest Albert Baker
...The staid and elderly ruler of Whiteladies, Miss Susan, whose prudence is above suspicion, is almost involuntarily tempted to instigate and abet a fraud in the interests of the family property, and her mingled feelings of remorse and triumph produce a situation at once pathetic and humorous, -LRB- zs., Chatto ....
Twenty-Nine Tales from the French - By Alys Eyre Macklin
...For a fourth time he made his appearance there, trusting in God, whose laws he obeyed, to instigate some passenger, touched by the sight of his wretchedness, to give him his bag to carry, and bestow a trifle in return ....
A Descriptive Guide to the Best Fiction, British and American - By Ernest Albert Baker, Baker
...to instigate and abet a fraud in the interests of the family property, and h mingled feelings of remorse and triumph furnish a situation at once patheti ' humorous ....
Vittoria - By George Meredith, Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection (Library of Congress)
...Johann waited for Angelo to lift his hands; and to instigate his reluctant adversary, thumped his chest; but Angelo did not move ....
The Spaewife - By John Galt
...Think, madam, what desperation may instigate . " "...
The Deputy from Arcis - By Honor
...It is really shameful that the ministry should not only countenance, but instigate such villanies . "...
Marjorie Daw, and Other People - By Thomas Bailey Aldrich
...His disappearance under the circumstances would surely alarm his friends; they would instigate a search for him; but who would think of searching for a live man in the cemetery of Montmartre ?...
Memoirs of a Physician - By Alexandre Dumas
...He began to tremble in earnest; for he feared that the sickness of Andree would instigate inquiry ....
A Library of Famous Fiction - By Harriet Beecher Stowe
...But there are many who are not sufficiently sensible how paramount is the duty to parents, and therefore know not to what extent this duty will instigate a child, at once affectionate and enterprising, when achieving the service and preservation of a beloved parent; to such, had I related the whole truth, my tale might have borne the appearance of exaggeration or improbability, and to them a recital of long fatigues, though unable to exhaust the courage and perseverance of a heroine of eighteen, might yet appear tedious and uninteresting ....
Dreamers of the Ghetto - By Israel Zangwill
...I am glad to reflect I did n't instigate him, nay, that he had written a play in favor of the Jews ere we met . " "...