Definition of instigate:
heat, spark, aid, prick, arouse, support, fire up, inspire, root on, exalt, countenance, wake, stir, prompt, incite, bring about, spur, pep up, enliven, start out, inflame, set forth, cue, vex, assist, set-off, trip, touch off, catalyze, disturb, embolden, raise up, spark off, start off, depart, explode, bring out, rev, remind, invigorate, set out, detonate, part, cheer, barrack, animate, actuate, create, stir up, blow up, brew, exhort, impassion, uphold, pick, galvanize, shake up, excite, whip, urge on, ignite, revolutionize, egg on, study at incite, sanction, pique, work up, invent, promote, breathe in, take off, commove, cancel, make, abet, advocate, raise, start, form, inhale, offset, revolutionise, trigger off, agitate, inaugurate, activate, cause.
motivate (part of speech: verb)
It is not surprising, therefore, that they should regard with fear and hatred a man so opposed to all their principles of government; and, accordingly, they used every means in their power to instigate the people against him, thundering anathemas on his head from their pulpits, and spreading tracts, loaded with abuse, among all circles.- "The Prime Minister", W.H.G. Kingston.
- "The Claverings", Anthony Trollope.
But at the same time they have to keep up a certain tone of belief among the people at home- namely, that the Chinese really prefer the Japanese to all other foreigners; for they realize their dependence upon them, and if they do not make common cause with them it is because foreigners, chiefly Americans, instigate it all from mercenary and political motives.- "Letters from China and Japan", John Dewey Alice Chipman Dewey.