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provoke

[pruh-vohk]
verb (used with object), provoked, provoking.
1.
to anger, enrage, exasperate, or vex.
2.
to stir up, arouse, or call forth (feelings, desires, or activity): The mishap provoked a hearty laugh.
3.
to incite or stimulate (a person, animal, etc.) to action.
4.
to give rise to, induce, or bring about: What could have provoked such an incident?
5.
Obsolete. to summon.

Origin:
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.
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provoke (prəˈvəʊk)
 
vb
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]
 
pro'voking
 
adj
 
pro'vokingly
 
adv

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provoke
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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