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.
1520s, "that incites or instigates," present participle adjective from provoke. Meaning "irritating, frustrating" is attested from 1640s. Related: Provokingly.