agent provocateur

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agent provocateur

[ey-juhnt pruh-vok-uh-tur; French a-zhahn praw-vaw-ka-tœr]
noun, plural agents provocateurs [ey-juhnts pruh-vok-uh-tur; French a-zhahn praw-vaw-ka-tœr] .
a secret agent hired to incite suspected persons to some illegal action, outbreak, etc., that will make them liable to punishment.

Origin:
1875–80; < French: inciting agent; see provocation, -eur

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agent provocateur (aʒɑ̃ prɔvɔkatœr)
 
n , pl agents provocateurs
a secret agent employed to provoke suspected persons to commit illegal acts and so be discredited or liable to punishment

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But those things can begin with an agent provocateur, and start snowballing from there.
Not all agent provocateur cases appear as thorough in their efforts to reveal the harmful intent of suspects.
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