American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Troubling the nerves or peace of mind, as by repeated vexations: a provoking delay at the airport.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having the power or quality of exciting resentment; tending to stir up passion; irritating; vexatious: as, provoking words; provoking treatment.
- v. present participle of provoke.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Having the power or quality of exciting resentment; tending to awaken passion or vexation.
- adj. causing or tending to cause anger or resentment
“Being thought-provoking is its point, and a useful but limited end in itself.”
“Faux news representatives are real world Pied Pipers of Hamelin provoking and leading frightened and irrational Republican lemmings to financial/medical ruin and self-assisted health care suicide.”
“But what I said was much more precise (and worked marvelously in provoking these guys to make fools of themselves, not that this is difficult): as a matter of science, the way an exception proofs a rule is precisely a test: if it is true that objects fall at the same speed whether they are heavy or light, then how can it also be true that a feather falls more slowly?”
“But, though Rhee can turn on the charm when she needs to, she has at times seemed reckless in provoking teachers and even parents.”
“They were a major catalyst in provoking the other tribes to resist the Spanish settlement and exploitation of Indian lands.”
“This is immorality in provoking a war. (the takedown of the brutal dictator was an afterthought only dragged up reluctantly to a primary purpose up after the first two reasons were convincingly shown to be false after the invasion).”
“These actions, which have killed numerous Israeli civilians, terrorized the people of Israel and destroyed many cities, played a central role in provoking the current crisis, and do nothing but harm the cause of Palestinian and Lebanese independence and democracy.”
“Design isn't art, where being vague and thought-provoking is okay.”
“If police officers interview hundreds of damaged young people with long records of deception and dishonesty, with the aim of gathering allegations of abuse against those who once cared for them, it would be surprising if they did not succeed in provoking a large number of false allegations - particularly when it is known that such allegations can result in thousands of pounds being paid out by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.”
“The terrorists of 9/11 succeeded in provoking the US government to attack its own citizens.”
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