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instigator

  
  ( instigators    plural  ) The instigator of an event is the person who causes it to happen.      n-count   oft N of n  
He was accused of being the main instigator of the coup.     
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instigator

  
  
agitator, firebrand, fomenter, goad, incendiary, inciter, leader, mischief-maker, motivator, prime mover, ringleader, spur, stirrer     (informal)   troublemaker  

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