Definition of agent provocateur in English:
noun (plural agents provocateurs pronounced same)
A person employed to induce others to break the law so that they can be convicted.
- A year later, four were hanged, even as evidence emerged revealing that the bomb may have been thrown by an agent provocateur in the employ of the police.
- These agents provocateurs broke windows and carried out other acts of violence before turning on the other demonstrators, firing their weapons and making arrests.
- It employed agents provocateurs to lure people into unwise utterances.
Late 19th century: French, literally 'provocative agent'.
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