verb (used with object), pro·voked, pro·vok·ing.
Origin of provoke
Examples from the Web for provoked
Everyone out there who says, “Charlie Hebdo provoked,” is making the same fundamental error.Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Our Duty Is to Keep Charlie Hebdo Alive|Ayaan Hirsi Ali|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The story was so appalling, the attack so brutish and morally offensive, that it provoked an immediate, furious response.Why It Was Right to Question Rolling Stone’s U-VA Rape Story|Michael Moynihan|December 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And as with all cheerful, well-intentioned memes, the Challenge has provoked some good old-fashioned political trolling.
But in addition to attracting some 600,000 new donors, the viral charity stunt has provoked a bit of controversy, too.
The humiliating incident is likely to have provoked a furious reaction from the Queen.Queen's Horse Which Tested Positive For Morphine Could Have Eaten Poppy Seeds|Tom Sykes|July 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The imprudence of Haman hastened the doom his crimes had provoked.Notable Women of Olden Time|Anonymous
But it was not Hawthorne's silence that provoked to fiercest expression the safe zeal of certain literary loyalists.
His death at the hands of the Trojans provoked Achilles to action.
Even there they provoked the Most High, provoked him to jealousy with their graven images.The Power of Faith|Isabella Graham
In brief, trial by jury was abolished only when it had provoked anarchy.The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce|Ambrose Bierce
British Dictionary definitions for provoked
Word Origin for provoke
Word Origin and History for provoked
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.