His position is provoking ferocious criticism from other scientists.
But the British were to blame for provoking the Jews and Arabs to fight each other, the two tour guides agree, laughing.
By going there, by teasing and provoking us, Nike and Tiger are both brilliant and contemptible.
The cookie-cutter predictability of hyper-partisan talk radio talking points is provoking a backlash.
The government wanted to avoid "making the public uneasy or provoking North Korea," according to the paper.
"Of course you will, dear," Mrs. Hockin replied, with provoking acquiescence.
But again, in a provoking manner, he reminded me of the prohibition.
It was provoking, and a more uneasy set of men than that schooner's crew I never saw.
I am detained in town by provoking, tiresome, but necessary business.
It really is too provoking that you should have stayed so long, when you knew that I particularly wanted you to-day.'
1520s, "that incites or instigates," present participle adjective from provoke. Meaning "irritating, frustrating" is attested from 1640s. Related: Provokingly.