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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (2)

1. the verbal act of urging on;
[syn: abetment, abettal, instigation]

2. deliberate and intentional triggering (of trouble or discord);
[syn: fomentation, instigation]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Instigation \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. [1913 Webster] The baseness and villainy that . . . the instigation of the devil could bring the sons of men to. --South. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

instigation n 1: the verbal act of urging on [syn: abetment, abettal, instigation] 2: deliberate and intentional triggering (of trouble or discord) [syn: fomentation, instigation]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

24 Moby Thesaurus words for "instigation": agitation, arousal, catalyst, exasperation, excitation, excitement, firing, fomentation, goad, impetus, impulse, incentive, incitation, incitement, inflammation, irritation, pep rally, pep talk, provocation, rabble-rousing, spur, stimulation, stirring, stirring-up
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

INSTIGATION. The act by which one incites another to do something, as to injure a third person, or to commit some crime or misdemeanor, to commence a suit or to prosecute a criminal. Vide Accomplice.