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agent provocateur


from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A person employed to associate with suspected individuals or groups with the purpose of inciting them to commit acts that will make them liable to punishment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who secretly disrupts a group's activities from within the group; an instigator, troublemaker.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a secret agent who incites suspected persons to commit illegal acts


French : agent, agent + provocateur, instigator.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from French agent provocateurĀ (literally "provocative agent") (Wiktionary)


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