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instigate (verb) urge to trouble.

When you instigate trouble, you cause trouble by encouraging people to do something bad. You instigate people to violence if you encourage or provoke to violent acts. You instigate group clashes if you rouse groups to fight with each other. You instigate people to rebel if you make them rebel.

  • The Ku Klux Klan often instigated the whites to violence against the blacks. As a result a number of black colonies were burnt down, and a number of blacks were killed.
  • The police arrested him on charges of instigating university students to a riot which resulted in the desset4ucstion of the property of the college.
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