Etymology
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instigation (n.)

early 15c., instigaccioun, "urging, incitement; impelling force," from Old French instigacion "instigation," and directly from Latin instigationem (nominative instigatio), noun of action from past-participle stem of instigare "urge on, incite," from in- "in" (from PIE root *en "in") + *stigare, a root meaning "to prick," from PIE root *steig- "to prick, stick, pierce" (see stick (v.)).

updated on December 07, 2020

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Definitions of instigation from WordNet

instigation (n.)
the verbal act of urging on;
Synonyms: abetment / abettal
instigation (n.)
deliberate and intentional triggering (of trouble or discord);
Synonyms: fomentation
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