In truth, the camel—ever a provocative beast—has pushed into the tent rump-first.
His post-election press conference was too long, too provocative, and too stingy in his phoned-in praise for the winners.
Whenever he can, the provocative Wilders tries to draw his critics off sides.
Each firm, moist piece packs a provocative sweet and savory punch.
Man Up, a provocative campaign to convince men to fight violence against women, kicked off in South Africa during the World Cup.
It was a provocative shrug—a shrug I could not leave at that.
On her lips was a smile, impudent, provocative, extremely attractive.
The whole business was provocative of fraud and perjury and bribery.
If the few words I have used so far have been provocative, I regret it.
It now apparently occupied some public place, a symbol of decadence, and provocative of the wrath of Heaven.
mid-15c., "eliciting," from Middle French provocatif (15c.) and directly from Late Latin provocativus "calling forth," from provocat-, past participle stem of Latin provocare (see provoke). Specifically of sexual desire from 1620s. Related: Provocatively; provocativeness. The earliest appearance of the word in English is as a noun meaning "an aphrodisiac" (early 15c.).