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Definitions of provoke

  1. To excite or stir up; as, to provoke criticism; to cause; as, to provoke a laugh; enrage or irritate; as, to provoke another to anger. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  2. To call forth: to excite to action: to excite with anger: to offend: (B.) to challenge. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  3. To excite to action; call forth; excite to anger. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  4. To offend. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  5. To occasion; to elicit. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. call forth; of emotions, feelings, and responses; "arouse pity"; "raise a smile"; "evoke sympathy" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. To cause provocation or anger. Newage Dictionary DB
  8. To produce resentment. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. To call into action; to excite; to make angry; to incense; to stir up. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. To call forth or bring into action; to excite or move to; to make angry; to irritate; to produce anger. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  11. Provocation. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. PRoVOKINGLY. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.

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Usage examples for provoke

  1. This band and its leader openly demanded to know what right this foreigner had to interfere in the affairs of Mongolia, one of Domojiroff's officers directly giving me the challenge in a meeting in the attempt to provoke a controversy. – Beasts, Men and Gods by Ferdinand Ossendowski
  2. She will provoke a smile, but will never recommend her own peculiar and independent style of dress. – Routledge's Manual of Etiquette by George Routledge
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