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agent provocateur

[ey-juh nt pruh-vok-uh-tur; French a-zhahn praw-vaw-ka-tœr] /ˈeɪ dʒənt prəˌvɒk əˈtɜr; French a ʒɑ̃ prɔ vɔ kaˈtœr/
noun, plural agents provocateurs
[ey-juh nts pruh-vok-uh-tur; French a-zhahn praw-vaw-ka-tœr] /ˈeɪ dʒənts prəˌvɒk əˈtɜr; French a ʒɑ̃ prɔ vɔ kaˈtœr/ (Show IPA)
1.
a secret agent hired to incite suspected persons to some illegal action, outbreak, etc., that will make them liable to punishment.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; < French: inciting agent; see provocation, -eur
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agent provocateur

/aʒɑ̃ prɔvɔkatœr/
noun (pl) agents provocateurs (aʒɑ̃ prɔvɔkatœr)
1.
a secret agent employed to provoke suspected persons to commit illegal acts and so be discredited or liable to punishment
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