American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To incite to anger or resentment.
- v. To stir to action or feeling.
- v. To give rise to; evoke: provoke laughter.
- v. To bring about deliberately; induce: provoke a fight.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To call forth or out; challenge; summon.
- To stimulate to action; move; excite; arouse.
- To call forth; cause; occasion; instigate.
- To excite to anger or passion; exasperate; irritate; enrage.
- Synonyms and To stir up, rouse, awake, induce, incite, impel, kindle.
- Irritate, Incense, etc. (see exasperate), offend, anger, chafe, nettle, gall.
- To appeal.
- To produce anger or irritation. Compare provoking.
- v. transitive to cause someone to become annoyed or angry.
- v. transitive to bring about a reaction.
- v. obsolete To appeal.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To call forth; to call into being or action; esp., to incense to action, a faculty or passion, as love, hate, or ambition; hence, commonly, to incite, as a person, to action by a challenge, by taunts, or by defiance; to exasperate; to irritate; to offend intolerably; to cause to retaliate.
- v. To cause provocation or anger.
- v. obsolete To appeal. [A Latinism]
- v. annoy continually or chronically
- v. call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
- v. provide the needed stimulus for
- v. evoke or provoke to appear or occur
- From French provoquer, from Latin prōvocāre. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English provoken, from Old French provoquer, from Latin prōvocāre, to challenge : prō-, forth; see pro- + vocāre, to call. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Let them, as far as I am concerned, but it may short term provoke more counterreaction.”
“Today, another American legend, Mark Twain, celebrated for the power of his language and his ability to delight and provoke, is also under attack.”
“A very large part of our knowledge about immunity against bacteria and the diseases they provoke is therefore due to the action of haemolytic sera on red corpuscles, and it was only later that attempts were made to find out if, and in what measure, the detected properties apply equally to bacteria and the bacteriolytic sera.”
“God they provoke is just, and holy, and terrible, and not such a one as themselves.”
“No, the federal response the state of Arizona is trying to provoke is to police the damn border already.”
“Its not just the number of responses, I think is important, but the kind of responses your posts provoke, that is the essense of what makes your blog so different.”
“And I'm very surprised that bin Laden, that al Qaeda would pull something on this scale knowing what the response was going to be unless that's what they intended to provoke, which is another theory.”
“They provoke, that is, a strong reaction, which it was also intended to use for therapeutic purposes.”
“Irish bailout terms provoke risk of revolt over next week's budget”
“Irish bailout terms provoke risk of revolt over next week's budget Ireland will not give up low tax regime, Enda Kenny tells Angela Merkel”
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