(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. t. stir, urge, impel; actuate, provoke, instigate; encourage, stimulate; spur, goad, fan the flames (inf.). See cause, excitement.
(Roget's IV) v.
Syn. arouse, rouse, instigate, impel, stimulate, provoke, foment, excite, spur, goad, sic, exhort, persuade, influence, induce, prick, prod, push, taunt, actuate, activate, animate, inspirit, coax, stir up, fire up, inflame, whip up, motivate, prompt, drive, urge, urge on, egg on, inspire, abet, work up, lash into a fury, talk into, whip on, hold sway over, blow the coals, fan the flame; see also drive 1 , encourage 1 , push 2 , urge 2 .
Ant. discourage*, dissuade, check.
Syn.- incite implies an urging or stimuLating to action, either in a favorable or unfavorable sense [incited to achievement by rivalry ] ; instigate always implies responsibility for initiating an action and usually connotes a bad or evil purpose [ who instigated the riot? ] ; foment suggests continued incitement over an extended period of time [ the unjust taxes fomented rebellion ]
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) v.
instigate, spark, prompt, rouse, stir, spur, provoke, goad, inflame, whip up, agitate, encourage, *egg on.
ANT.: dissuade, dampen, stop
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb To stir to action or feeling: egg on, excite, foment, galvanize, goad, impel, inflame, inspire, instigate, motivate, move, pique, prick, prod, prompt, propel, provoke, set off, spur, stimulate, touch off, trigger, work up. See CAUSE, EXCITE.

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