- 1Stimulate or give rise to (a reaction or emotion, typically a strong or unwelcome one) in someone: the decision provoked a storm of protest from civil rights organizationsMore example sentences
arouse, produce, evoke, cause, give rise to, occasion, call forth, draw forth, elicit, induce, inspire, excite, spark off, touch off, kindle, generate, engender, instigate, result in, lead to, bring on, contribute to, make for, foster, promote, breed, precipitate, prompt, trigger
- Deconstructionism is one of the words that provokes a strong reaction from both sides.
- The Sri Lankan army, which has inflicted widespread damage and constantly harasses local residents, recently killed several local youth, provoking angry protests.
- In fact the commission's analysis of the state of British convergence with the eurozone was very mild, extremely careful and deliberately designed to avoid provoking a bust-up.
- 1.1Stimulate or incite (someone) to do or feel something, especially by arousing anger in them: a teacher can provoke you into working harderMore example sentences
- I view theatre as an institution that educates, stimulates, and provokes the audience - it makes them think and feel.
- She is also comfortable following a traditional line with novels that do not seek to challenge or provoke the reader.
- There are times when you have to provoke people, challenge them to go further.
- 1.2Deliberately make (someone) annoyed or angry: Rachel refused to be provokedMore example sentences
annoy, make angry, anger, incense, enrage, send into a rage, irritate, infuriate, exasperate, exacerbate, madden, pique, nettle, get/take a rise out of, bother, upset, agitate, vex, irk, gall, get/put someone's back up, get on someone's nerves, ruffle, ruffle someone's feathers, make someone's hackles rise, raise someone's hackles, make someone's blood boil, rub up the wrong way, put someone out; harass, harry, plague, molest; tease, taunt, torment; affront, insult, offend• informal peeve, aggravate, hassle, miff, rile, needle, get, get to, bug, hack off, get under someone's skin, get in someone's hair, get up someone's nose, get someone's goat, get across someone• vulgar slang piss offBritish • vulgar slang get on someone's titsannoying, irritating, exasperating, infuriating, provocative, maddening, goading, vexing, galling, affronting, insulting, offensive; inflaming, inflammatory, incendiary, controversial• rare instigative, agitative
- The warning about conduct was meant to stop people deliberately provoking him.
- He could see tears in her eyes, and it made him angry that Jeff was provoking her.
- Nathan was looking at her with a wild expression, the kind he got whenever she had deliberately provoked him.
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- We evaluated the sensitivity and safety of rapid atrial pacing combined with electrocardiography and transesophageal echocardiography for inducing and detecting provokable demand ischemia in 20 anesthetized patients with multivessel coronary artery disease.
- This led to the development of the "provokable nice guy" strategy, a peace-maker until attacked.
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- The anxiety provokers - media, politicians, and arm chair generals - increase our level of fear, often for self-serving reasons.
- As the family enacts various events or uses role play, the therapist may ask questions, direct interactions, or make comments, acting as a reporter, involved audience provoker, or director.
- To a significant degree, the victim was an initiator, willing participant, aggressor, or provoker of the incident.
late Middle English (also in the sense 'invoke, summon'): from Old French provoquer, from Latin provocare 'challenge', from pro- 'forth' + vocare 'to call'.