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provoking

[pruh-voh-king]
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adjective
  1. serving to provoke; causing annoyance.
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Origin of provoking

First recorded in 1520–30; provoke + -ing2
Related formspro·vok·ing·ly, adverbun·pro·vok·ing, adjectiveun·pro·vok·ing·ly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unprovokingly

provoking

adj.

1520s, "that incites or instigates," present participle adjective from provoke. Meaning "irritating, frustrating" is attested from 1640s. Related: Provokingly.

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