Definition of provoking in English:

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Pronunciation: /prōˈvōkiNG/ /prəˈvōkiNG/


1Causing annoyance; irritating: there is evidence of provoking conduct and loss of self-control
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  • It was a strange, provoking, deliberately self-contradictory tale, which instantly sparked heated commentary.
  • But according to Iraqi exiles, the jubilation in Baghdad was low key, perhaps to avoid provoking reprisals.
  • I know nothing about Discordians or Discordian theory, so I am intrigued as to what it was that you found so provoking?
2 [in combination] Giving rise to the specified reaction or emotion: fear-provoking laughter-provoking
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  • The challenges he faces in writing a new-age bestseller are thought provoking.
  • Its examination of the concept of non-violent action is thought provoking.
  • But I found the Guardian Leader articles on Tuesday and today extremely thought provoking and useful.



Pronunciation: /prəˈvōkiNGlē/
Example sentences
  • We had a group discussion provokingly titled ‘Can a poor country like India afford the big brand advertising budgets?’, wherein I vociferously argued against big brand advertising budgets.
  • I had opened the cap of a mineral water bottle while travelling in a train when a person seated opposite me asked provokingly: ‘How do you know the bottled water is pure?’
  • There's something at once provokingly unreal yet disturbingly natural in Tobin's modular streamlined music bricolage.
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