- provost court,
- provost guard,
- provost marshal
Origin of provoking
verb (used with object), pro·voked, pro·vok·ing.
Origin of provoke
Examples from the Web for provoking
The outrage that Walker is provoking is of a less exciting variety this time around.
The government wanted to avoid "making the public uneasy or provoking North Korea," according to the paper.Japan Prepares to Shoot North Korean Missiles Out of the Sky|Angela Erika Kubo, Jake Adelstein|April 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Another shovels strings of rubber bands into his mouth like spaghetti, provoking more caterwauling from the judges.The Most Depressing Show on Earth: Amongst the Clowns of Newark|Lizzie Crocker|March 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Indeed, if this was self-destructive, then provoking another stand-off—during an election year, no less—would be suicidal.
Neither he nor his supporters will face the political damage that comes with provoking a government shutdown.Why the GOP’s Shutdown Insanity Won’t Hurt the Right Wing|Jamelle Bouie|September 20, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I am detained in town by provoking, tiresome, but necessary business.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)|Maria Edgeworth
The thin elbow in the tweed sleeve nudged her, provoking a joyous giggle.The Dop Doctor|Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
The Jansenist controversy may perhaps be awarded the merit of provoking this, as far as writing was concerned.
Myrtle, Im afraid youre a determined woman, he said, with a provoking smile.The Woman Gives|Owen Johnson
With a provoking air of meekness she said, 'I only want to know what you expect of me.'Heartsease|Charlotte M. Yonge
Word Origin for provoke
1520s, "that incites or instigates," present participle adjective from provoke. Meaning "irritating, frustrating" is attested from 1640s. Related: Provokingly.
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.