Definition of provocative in English:

provocative

Syllabification: pro·voc·a·tive
Pronunciation: /prəˈväkədiv
 
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adjective

1Causing annoyance, anger, or another strong reaction, especially deliberately: a provocative article his provocative remarks on race
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  • I feel fairly sure that your article was deliberately provocative.
  • The FBU believe that the government is being deliberately provocative, and it is difficult not to share the view.
  • To be deliberately provocative, I asked him to call this period the Toronto new wave.
Synonyms
insulting, offensive, inflammatory, incendiary, controversial
informal aggravating, in-your-face
1.1Arousing sexual desire or interest, especially deliberately.
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  • The fashion industry dresses them in sexually provocative clothing.
  • Underneath his carping about provocative dress is a jealous and irrational partner.
  • When I opened them a tall, brunette woman in a provocative green dress stood before me.
Synonyms
sexy, sexually arousing, sexually exciting, alluring, seductive, suggestive, inviting, tantalizing, titillating;
indecent, pornographic, indelicate, immodest, shameless;
erotic, sensuous, slinky, coquettish, amorous, flirtatious
informal tarty, come-hither

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French provocatif, -ive, from late Latin provocativus, from provocat- 'called forth, challenged', from the verb provocare (see provoke).

Derivatives

provocatively

adverb
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  • Two college girls were dancing together to Elvis, provocatively.
  • Professor Greer finds herself in the news for a forthcoming book that will provocatively challenge preconceptions about female sexuality and the taboo.
  • But the way to deal with it is not by people taking the law into their own hands and shamefully and provocatively insulting an entire minority.

provocativeness

noun
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  • Although Foster does have a slight grumble at the ‘curiously late’ analysis of Ireland's entry into the EU, he welcomes the provocativeness of Ferriter's analysis of the transformation throughout the century in question
  • When a modern artist or filmaker makes a work criticising Christianity or capitalism the BBC usually goes out of its way to explain the rationale for its provocativeness.
  • In this regard, there is a recurrent provocativeness in Weick's analyses, coupled with an impish spirit that often dances beneath his elegant prose.

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