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Gentle PersuasionPlay
Instigate implies a subtle influence, nudging someone towards an action without force. SlideShe instigated him to audition by praising his singing talent.
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Sneaky ConnotationPlay
It often carries a sneaky or slightly negative tone, as if suggesting a covert agenda. SlideHe secretly instigated the mutiny by spreading discontent among the crew.
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Peer InfluencePlay
Used to indicate peer pressure or the act of encouraging someone to make a certain choice. SlideDespite his doubts, he was instigated by peers to join the prank.