Origin of provocative
Examples from the Web for provocative
This is a provocative subject that is ready-made for the classroom.Dr. King Goes to Hollywood: The Flawed History of ‘Selma’|Gary May|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Lyricist E. Y. “Yip” Harburg was as provocative as Hammerstein, though with a much less earnest, more whimsical sensibility.
His post-election press conference was too long, too provocative, and too stingy in his phoned-in praise for the winners.
Discarding the idea of testing the waters with a provocative contribution, I just asked what they would do.
In return, Egypt has accused Erdogan of making “provocative” statements and meddling in its internal affairs.Turkey Takes in ‘Terrorists’ from the Muslim Brotherhood|Thomas Seibert|September 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But Liz shrank away, regretting her provocative glances now that she saw the kind of men she had to do with.Earth's Enigmas|Charles G. D. Roberts
All his speeches, provocative enough, draw no reply from Job.The Literature of the Old Testament|George Foot Moore
Genealogically they may be 177 as uninteresting as the snail in the cabbage-patch, spiritually they are provocative and arresting.Mountain Meditations|L. Lind-af-Hageby
The pressure of the teeth seems to be the provocative cause of the disposition to point at the edge of the tongue.
Let us consider that swearing is a sin of all others peculiarly clamorous, and provocative of Divine judgment.Sermons on Evil-Speaking|Isaac Barrow
British Dictionary definitions for provocative
Word Origin and History for provocative
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.).