- to anger, enrage, exasperate, or vex.
- to stir up, arouse, or call forth (feelings, desires, or activity): The mishap provoked a hearty laugh.
- to incite or stimulate (a person, animal, etc.) to action.
- to give rise to, induce, or bring about: What could have provoked such an incident?
- Obsolete. to summon.
Origin of provoke
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1. irk, annoy, aggravate, exacerbate, infuriate. 2. rouse, instigate.
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Examples from the Web for provoker
It may too, by negligence, become a provoker of dissension and enmity.The Young Maiden
A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
She breaks into an affectionate laugh, and kisses its provoker, who protests.Somehow Good
William de Morgan
Not only was he a great preacher, he was a leader, an inspirer, and a provoker of good.A Backward Glance at Eighty
Charles A. Murdock
Nay, now I have caught you; there was neither inviter, nor provoker, for I was all alone.
- to anger or infuriate
- to cause to act or behave in a certain manner; incite or stimulate
- to promote (certain feelings, esp anger, indignation, etc) in a person
- obsolete to summon
C15: from Latin prōvocāre to call forth, from vocāre to call
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Word Origin and History for provoker
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