Usage examples for instigate

  1. As an example of the openness with which the Left Wing or Communist papers instigate rebellion, a quotation from " The Communist," Chicago, April 1, 1919, will interest the reader: " The Communist Propaganda League of Chicago came into existence on November 7, 1918, first anniversary of the Russian Soviet Socialist Republic, and the very day of the German Revolution. – The Red Conspiracy by Joseph J. Mereto
  2. He was so universally amiable and complying that my evil spirit would sometimes instigate me to take advantage of his gentleness and forbearance, but nothing could disturb his equanimity. – The Complete PG Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (The Physician and Poet not the Jurist)
  3. Menocal probably would not instigate open lawlessness, but his hirelings might break into the house on their own initiative. – The Iron Furrow by George C. Shedd
  4. 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 by W.H.G. Kingston
  5. But as there is no man among us so insane as to suggest the latter, so, it may be hoped, will there soon be none to instigate the former. – Practical Politics; or, the Liberalism of To-day by Alfred Farthing Robbins
  6. 7 So too instructions to commit an unlawful or immoral act do not create a legal obligation- as if Titius were to instigate you to steal, or to do an injury to the property or person of some one else; and even if you act on his instructions, and have to pay a penalty in consequence, you cannot recover its amount from Titius. – The Institutes of Justinian by Caesar Flavius Justinian
  7. I did not instigate my men to recapture the vessel, they managed it themselves; but now that they have possession, I dare not order them to give her up." – Paddy Finn by W. H. G. Kingston
  8. The women afresh instigate him to attempt her virtue. – Clarissa, Volume 4 (of 9) History Of A Young Lady by Samuel Richardson
  9. This is a curious prejudice on the part of the diplomatic representative of a Government that is seeking to bring Turkey into the conflict and trying to persuade the Turk to instigate a " holy war" in Egypt and India against all non- Mohammedans. – Native-Life-in-South-Africa by Plaatje, Sol (Solomon Tshekisho)
  10. The track he marked out was clever in a poor way; perhaps it was not positively unkind to instigate her to look at her age: but though he read character shrewdly, and knew hers pretty accurately, he was himself too much of a straw at the moment to be capable of leading- moves. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  11. What could possibly instigate you to so absurd an act as that of asking Lady Juliana's consent? – Marriage by Susan Edmonstone Ferrier
  12. It was feared that the persistent refusal to continue the supply, might again instigate them to hostilities. – Peter Stuyvesant, the Last Dutch Governor of New Amsterdam by John S. C. Abbott
  13. The big roll of paper and the book that the little girl had been so anxious to have at Christmas, and was now so determined to take with her, roused anxious thoughts in the mother's mind, and she felt that she must speak seriously to the child, warning her not to instigate Fani to any undertaking which Mrs. Stanhope might not approve. – Gritli's Children by Johanna Spyri
  14. They lead us, namely, through the acts and other ideas which they instigate, into or up to, or towards, other parts of experience with which we feel all the while- such feeling being among our potentialities- that the original ideas remain in agreement. – Pragmatism A New Name for Some Old Ways of Thinking by William James
  15. What had happened in the meantime was that the war issue, which might never have become acute but for President's Wilson's action, had been used by the Japanese to revive the conflict between North and South, and to instigate the Chinese militarists to unconstitutional action. – The Problem of China by Bertrand Russell
  16. He would probably have insisted that journalists and others who instigate political crimes are at least quite as bad as the actual criminal. – Studies in Literature and History by Sir Alfred Comyn Lyall
  17. He may instigate a strike, and if the larder isn't full, you'll starve." – Rose MacLeod by Alice Brown
  18. No man understood better how to instigate others to desperate enterprises by words which, when repeated to a jury, might seem innocent, or, at worst, ambiguous. – The History of England from the Accession of James II. Volume 1 (of 5) by Thomas Babington Macaulay
  19. Contracted though the captain's quarters were, the unaccustomed scene, absent from their companions and from the familiar surroundings of their probable crime, was calculated to impress the culprits; and the methods pursued to instigate admissions savored, I fancy, more of the Orient than of modern Anglo- Saxon ideals. – From Sail to Steam, Recollections of Naval Life by Captain A. T. Mahan