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provocateur

[ pruh-vok-uh-tur, -toor; French praw-vaw-ka-tœr ]
/ prəˌvɒk əˈtɜr, -ˈtʊər; French prɔ vɔ kaˈtœr /
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noun, plural pro·vo·ca·teurs [pruh-vok-uh-turz, -toorz; French praw-vaw-ka-tœr]. /prəˌvɒk əˈtɜrz, -ˈtʊərz; French prɔ vɔ kaˈtœr/.

a person who provokes trouble, causes dissension, or the like; agitator.
(italics)French. agent provocateur.

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Origin of provocateur

1915–20; <French <Latin prōvocātor challenger, appellant, equivalent to provocā(re) to provoke + -tor-tor
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provocateur
/ (prəˌvɒkəˈtɜː) /

noun

a person who deliberately behaves controversially in order to provoke argument or other strong reactions
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