Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who intentionally incites or starts something, especially one that starts trouble.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who instigates or incites.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which instigates; an inciter.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who initiates a course of action
  • n. someone who deliberately foments trouble

Etymologies

From Latin instīgātor ("stimulator") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • John Brown biography; main instigator of the Civil war

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  • The GUD Magazine Issue 3 instigator is Debbie Moorhouse, who joined GUD as a copyeditor after her story Sundown was published in Issue 0.

    Mechanical Flight

  • Bush may have never stated directly that Iraq was the main instigator of 9/11, but he repeatedly juxtaposed comments about 9/11 and Iraq in such a way that millions of Americans came to believe that Iraq was the main force behind the 9/11 tragedy.

    Letters to the Editor

  • According to the hagiographic Dominican annals, Vaez turned to the main instigator, and, even as the arrows were flying at him, calmly said "Pila, I come to teach you the law of God, and you kill me?"

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  • Myers speaks to reconciliation as transcending the harmful actions against you or the community to the point the instigator is no longer considered “other” in the culture.

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  • The instigator is his brother-in-law, ostensibly an anarchist but in reality the paid agent of a foreign agency.

    Suicide bombing at Greenwich

  • (Sushi) and along with us we took the one main instigator of birthday mayhem in the office.

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  • “As a kid I was known as an instigator,” Lovejoy adds.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • He has been the main instigator of two big attempts to mobilize public opinion in the fight against war and international anarchy.

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  • "If you run the goaltender you're going to have to fight somebody and I don't care if they call the instigator there because the goalie never gets a chance to settle a score himself,"

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