His post-election press conference was too long, too provocative, and too stingy in his phoned-in praise for the winners.
Each firm, moist piece packs a provocative sweet and savory punch.
In addition, this being Joan Rivers, the joke is undoubtedly tasteless and provocative in the extreme.
A provocative black media figure I suggested as a regular contributor was dismissed as “gross.”
A provocative new book argues that an epidemic of litigation is hurting the country.
It was a provocative shrug—a shrug I could not leave at that.
If the few words I have used so far have been provocative, I regret it.
The whole business was provocative of fraud and perjury and bribery.
To see these flying-fish this way was provocative of thought.
It now apparently occupied some public place, a symbol of decadence, and provocative of the wrath of Heaven.
mid-15c., "eliciting," from Middle French provocatif (15c.) and directly from Late Latin provocativus "calling forth," from provocat-, past participle stem of Latin provocare (see provoke). Specifically of sexual desire from 1620s. Related: Provocatively; provocativeness. The earliest appearance of the word in English is as a noun meaning "an aphrodisiac" (early 15c.).