goad or urge forward; to set on; to provoke; to incite; used chiefly with reference to evil actions; as, to
instigate one to a crime.
He hath only instigated his blackest agents to the very extent of their malignity.Bp. Warburton.
Syn. To stimulate; urge; spur; provoke; tempt; incite; impel; encourage; animate.
(In"sti*ga`ting*ly), adv. Incitingly; temptingly.
(In`sti*ga"tion) n. [L. instigatio: cf. F. instigation.] The act of instigating, or the state of
being instigated; incitement; esp. to evil or wickedness.
The baseness and villainy that . . . the instigation of the devil could bring the sons of men to.South.
(In"sti*ga`tor) n. [L.: cf. F. instigateur.] One who instigates or incites. Burke.
(In*still") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Instilled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Instilling.] [L. instillare, instillatum; pref.
in- in + stillare to drop, fr. stilla a drop: cf. F. instiller. See Distill.] [Written also instil.] To drop in; to
pour in drop by drop; hence, to impart gradually; to infuse slowly; to cause to be imbibed.
That starlight dewsByron.
All silently their tears of love instill.
How hast thou instilledMilton.
Thy malice into thousands.
Syn. To infuse; impart; inspire; implant; inculcate; insinuate.
(In`stil*la"tion) n. [L. instillatio: cf. F. instillation.] The act of instilling; also, that which is
(In"stil*la`tor) n. An instiller. [R.]
(In*stil"la*to*ry) a. Belonging to instillation. [R.]
(In*still"er) n. One who instills. Skelton.
(In*still"ment) n. The act of instilling; also, that which is instilled. [Written also instilment.]
(In*stim"u*late) v. t. [Pref. in- not + stimulate.] Not to stimulate; to soothe; to quiet. [Obs.]
(In*stim"u*late), v. t. [L. instimulatus, p. p. instimulare to stimulate. See 1st In-, and
Stimulate.] To stimulate; to excite. [Obs.] Cockeram.
(In*stim`u*la"tion) n. Stimulation.
(In*stinct") a. [L. instinctus, p. p. of instinguere to instigate, incite; cf. instigare to instigate.
Cf. Instigate, Distinguish.] Urged or stimulated from within; naturally moved or impelled; imbued; animated; alive; quick; as,
birds instinct with life.
The chariot of paternal deity . . .Milton.
Itself instinct with spirit, but convoyed
By four cherubic shapes.
A noble performance, instinct with sound principle.Brougham.
(In"stinct) n. [L. instinctus instigation, impulse, fr. instinguere to instigate: cf. F. instinct. See