provocateurs

provocateur

[pruh-vok-uh-tur, -toor; French praw-vaw-ka-tœr]
noun, plural provocateurs [pruh-vok-uh-turz, -toorz; French praw-vaw-ka-tœr] .
1.
a person who provokes trouble, causes dissension, or the like; agitator.
2.
(italics) French. agent provocateur.

Origin:
1915–20; < French < Latin prōvocātor challenger, appellant, equivalent to provocā(re) to provoke + -tor -tor

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provocateur (prəˌvɒkəˈtɜː)
 
n
a person who deliberately behaves controversially in order to provoke argument or other strong reactions

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provocateur
1922, shortened form of agent provocateur "person hired to make trouble" (1877), from Fr. provocateur, from L. provocator "challenger," from provocare (see provoke). Originally in ref. to strike-breakers.
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