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provoking

[pruh-voh-king]
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  1. serving to provoke; causing annoyance.
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Origin of provoking

First recorded in 1520–30; provoke + -ing2
Related formspro·vok·ing·ly, adverbun·pro·vok·ing, adjectiveun·pro·vok·ing·ly, adverb

provoke

[pruh-vohk]
verb (used with object), pro·voked, pro·vok·ing.
  1. to anger, enrage, exasperate, or vex.
  2. to stir up, arouse, or call forth (feelings, desires, or activity): The mishap provoked a hearty laugh.
  3. to incite or stimulate (a person, animal, etc.) to action.
  4. to give rise to, induce, or bring about: What could have provoked such an incident?
  5. Obsolete. to summon.
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Origin of provoke

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin prōvocāre to call forth, challenge, provoke, equivalent to prō- pro-1 + vocāre to call; akin to vōx voice
Related formspro·vok·er, nounmis·pro·voke, verb (used with object), mis·pro·voked, mis·pro·vok·ing.o·ver·pro·voke, verb, o·ver·pro·voked, o·ver·pro·vok·ing.pre·pro·voke, verb (used with object), pre·pro·voked, pre·pro·vok·ing.un·pro·voked, adjective

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1. irk, annoy, aggravate, exacerbate, infuriate. 2. rouse, instigate.

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1. See irritate. 2, 3. See incite.
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provoke

verb (tr)
  1. to anger or infuriate
  2. to cause to act or behave in a certain manner; incite or stimulate
  3. to promote (certain feelings, esp anger, indignation, etc) in a person
  4. obsolete to summon
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Derived Formsprovoking, adjectiveprovokingly, adverb

Word Origin

C15: from Latin prōvocāre to call forth, from vocāre to call
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Word Origin and History for provoking

adj.

1520s, "that incites or instigates," present participle adjective from provoke. Meaning "irritating, frustrating" is attested from 1640s. Related: Provokingly.

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provoke

v.

late 14c., from Old French provoker, provochier (12c., Modern French provoquer) and directly from Latin provocare "call forth, challenge," from pro- "forth" (see pro-) + vocare "to call" (see voice (n.)). Related: Provoked; provoking.

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