A person who causes drama and/or conflict
Person 1: "Did you hear that Jess started those rumours about Ryan"
Person 2: "She's Such an Instigator"
by Piercethesyko June 23, 2017
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Someone who tries to make everything inflammatory by encouraging escalation of actions, while pretending to be concerned about de-escalation, resolution, compromise, and intervention, or anything else that makes him/her look like a good person among bad people.
The girl's family knew she had always been an instigator, the kind of person who said fuck you to neighbors and flipped them off by coming in their town like she owned it, with the intervention programs she supported to cover her own actions, or involvement in the questionable actions of others, and make her look like a better/stronger person than she actually was.
by Solid Mantis March 31, 2021
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Someone who likes to fuck with people's lives more than they like to do anything else.
The instigator would rather fuck with somebody else's life or talk shit about it than tend to their own (if there was one to tend to, if it wasn't a facade of a life to show everyone).
by Solid Mantis December 3, 2020
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a person who escalates a situation.
boy 1: Yo mama
boy 2: What did you say about my mama?
instigator: Oooh, he talking bout yo mama. Man i wouldn't take that if i was you!

messy agitator troublemaker provocateur meddler
by One Zooted Individual April 1, 2009
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To start a conflict between other people just so you can watch. Can be between friends, between enemies, or between friends and enemies. Usually involves saying "he said she said you suck!" or some other much more colorful variant. Occasionally falls under the subtle art of interpreting a comment as incorrectly as is plausible.
Drew: "Why do you look so angry, Jordan?"

Akira: "I heard someone say the other day that Jordan doesn't like you, Drew."

Drew: "WHAT!"

Jordan: "Wait, I never said..."

Akira: "...Didn't you wonder where your milkshake went the other day, Jordan? Drew stole it."

Jordan: "WHAT!"

Akira: "That's cuz Drew thinks your haircut is ugly."

Jordan: "Oh really?!!"

Akira: "...And wants to challenge you to a duel."

Drew: "Whoa Akira, why are you trying to instigate?!"
by Silver415 May 4, 2010
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a person who drags out a situation when it’s never that deep.
Travis why do you always drag out a situation, why are you an instigator?”
by brittiannagotdetwap November 19, 2020
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Someone that nobody will miss.
The instigator was playing all sides, from rabbi to gunman, from developer to landowner/landowning organization, from cop to criminal to unarmed civilian, from black to white, from gay to straight, and from Martin Luther King statue to Confederate statue.
by The Original Agahnim January 20, 2022
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