- a person who provokes trouble, causes dissension, or the like; agitator.
- (italics) French. agent provocateur.
Origin of provocateur
Examples from the Web for provocateur
Lars von Trier, the terribly talented Danish provocateur, is quite a character.Lars von Trier Breaks His Vow of Silence to Discuss ‘Nymphomaniac’ in Venice
September 1, 2014
These are the works of Ralph Steadman, legendary artist and provocateur.The Gonzo Artist: Behind Ralph Steadman’s Most Famous Work
April 27, 2014
DONETSK, Ukraine—He reaches into his pocket to pull out a Ukrainian passport and opens it to prove he is no Russian provocateur.Soccer Hooligans Prep Ukraine for Putin
March 20, 2014
But if Correa has the provocateur's teeth, it's unclear whether he has the stomach for the part.Ecuador Needs U.S. Aid. Will They Risk It All with Snowden?
June 26, 2013
So, it may surprise you to hear that talk-radio host and provocateur extraordinaire Mark Levin and I are in agreement.Why Conservatives Should Be Rooting for Defense Cuts
January 20, 2013
The Whites put up a provocateur as before a pogrom in Russia.The Soul of John Brown
The provocateur is rewarded with greater liberty and special privileges.
A few detectives had also managed to find their way here, and there was even one provocateur.The Created Legend
You had to point out to them several times that it was Oswald who was the Castro provocateur, so to say, and not you?Warren Commission (10 of 26): Hearings Vol. X (of 15)
The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
The tricked boys now swear vengeance upon the provocateur, but "Dutch" is missing from the range.
- a person who deliberately behaves controversially in order to provoke argument or other strong reactions
Word Origin and History for provocateur
1915 (Emma Goldman), shortened form of agent provocateur "person hired to make trouble" (1845), from French provocateur, from Latin provocator "challenger," from provocare "to call out" (see provoke).