verb (used with object), provoked, provoking.
to anger, enrage, exasperate, or vex.
to stir up, arouse, or call forth (feelings, desires, or activity): The mishap provoked a hearty laugh.
to incite or stimulate (a person, animal, etc.) to action.
to give rise to, induce, or bring about: What could have provoked such an incident?
Obsolete. to summon.

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin prōvocāre to call forth, challenge, provoke, equivalent to prō- pro-1 + vocāre to call; akin to vōx voice

provoker, noun
misprovoke, verb (used with object), misprovoked, misprovoking.
overprovoke, verb, overprovoked, overprovoking.
preprovoke, verb (used with object), preprovoked, preprovoking.
unprovoked, adjective

1. irk, annoy, aggravate, exacerbate, infuriate. See irritate. 2. rouse, instigate. 2, 3. See incite. Unabridged
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provoke (prəˈvəʊk)
1.  to anger or infuriate
2.  to cause to act or behave in a certain manner; incite or stimulate
3.  to promote (certain feelings, esp anger, indignation, etc) in a person
4.  obsolete to summon
[C15: from Latin prōvocāre to call forth, from vocāre to call]

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Word Origin & History

early 15c., from O.Fr. provoker (14c., Fr. provoquer), from L. provocare "call forth, challenge," from pro- "forth" + vocare "to call" (see voice).
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Example sentences
It provokes individuals to react rapidly, almost instinctively, in the face of
  perceived danger.
Running through simulations still provokes your mind to mirror actual actions.
The idea is that carbs cause the body to overproduce insulin, a hormone that
  provokes hunger pangs, which leads to more eating.
Indeed, in today's world, it may be not so much differences but their
  diminution that provokes antagonism.
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