Simple Definition of agent provocateur
: a person employed to encourage people to break the law so that they can be arrested
Full Definition of agent provocateur
plural agents provocateurs \ˈä-ˌzhäⁿ-prō-ˌvä-kə-ˈtər, ˈā-jən(t)s-prō-\
: one employed to associate with suspected persons and by pretending sympathy with their aims to incite them to some incriminating action
Examples of agent provocateur in a sentence
The government used agents provocateurs to try to undermine the opposition party.
Origin of agent provocateur
French, literally, provoking agent
First Known Use: 1877
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