Once, when I was getting an oil change, I waited in a tiny room with one other girl.
To instigate something--usually something bad--is to cause it or to stir it up, often by persuading people or by firing up their emotions.
"[Harvard professor Susan Benesch] coined the term 'dangerous speech' – meaning rhetoric that is used to turn one group of people violently against another – after years of studying speech used to instigate atrocities like the Holocaust."
Explain the meaning of "instigate" without saying "prompt" or "provoke."
Instigation can be a messy business. It's often accidental, uncontrollable, and hard to prove. When protests break out, or when one group turns on another, or when violence erupts, who or what instigated it? The answer might be complicated and endlessly debatable.
Spend 20 seconds or more on the game below. Don’t skip straight to the review—let your working memory empty out first.
1. One opposite of INSTIGATE is
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