verb (used with object), pro·voked, pro·vok·ing.
- provost court,
- provost guard
Origin of provoke
Examples from the Web for provoke
But he insisted that there is nothing about her death to provoke additional scrutiny.
The holiday may see more Hongkongers hit the streets, which in turn could provoke the authorities to take more-draconian measures.
For example, the MTA prohibits ads that “incite or provoke violence.”To Fight Pam Geller, Join Our Comedy Jihad at the MTA|Dean Obeidallah|September 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Outsiders came to the town to looking to provoke the authorities, but the community did what the cops couldn't: keep the peace.
When ISIS beheaded an American journalist, it meant to intimidate—and provoke—the United States.
If Wade had been seeking to provoke, he could have chosen no more unfortunate words.King Spruce, A Novel|Holman Day
It must be admitted that his respectable Eminence the Cardinal had enough to provoke and embitter him with his relatives.A Decade of Italian Women, v. II (of 2)|T. Adolphus Trollope
She feared to provoke that again, so made no fishing comment; but she was abundantly curious of what his choice would be.Love and Lucy|Maurice Henry Hewlett
After that Kate did not provoke her, and they never had any more trouble.Proud and Lazy|Oliver Optic
Consequently every subject liable to provoke a discussion should be avoided.Our Deportment|John H. Young
Word Origin for provoke
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.