un provoking

provoking

[pruh-voh-king]
adjective
serving to provoke; causing annoyance.

Origin:
1520–30; provoke + -ing2

provokingly, adverb
unprovoking, adjective
unprovokingly, adverb
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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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