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provoking

[pruh-voh-king] /prəˈvoʊ kɪŋ/
adjective
1.
serving to provoke; causing annoyance.
Origin of provoking
1520-1530
1520-30; provoke + -ing2
Related forms
provokingly, adverb
unprovoking, adjective
unprovokingly, adverb
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provoking

adj.

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

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