provocateur was our Word of the Day on 01/26/2013. Hear the podcast!
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Examples of provocateur in a Sentence
a calculating, right-wing provocateur, she has made a career out of controversy for its own sake
Recent Examples of provocateur from the Web
Prosecutors say the account shows Sarah Hassan was a victim of a scam orchestrated by the impish former pharmaceutical CEO and social media provocateur, even though Hassan ultimately recouped the money in a settlement that included a stock windfall.
He’s been called a provocateur in a New York Times article, which outlined his arrest in 2010 on a felony charge of breaking into break-in at Sen. Mary Landrieu’s (D-La.) New Orleans office.
This time around, the comedian and political provocateur tackled everything from the history of the country's indigenous population to gun ownership.
This was all in response to my careful argument about how campuses should handle invitations to speakers who are intentional provocateurs.
For one piece titled Crazy Confessions, artist Cabell Molina combined pop art and street art, layering iconic photos of Bettie Page and magazine clippings to celebrate the provocateur.
The bald provocateur with a penchant for pop-art crowns and futuristic drag couture turned in two dazzling performances in the show’s sudden death lip-sync finale on Friday, ultimately taking home the crown after a long season as a fan favorite.
Radio provocateur Alex Jones has released a 30-minute video of his conversations with Megyn Kelly ahead of Sunday night's controversial NBC interview.
J.P Morgan Chase pulls ads J.P. Morgan Chase is apparently not happy with an upcoming Megyn Kelly interview with right-wing provocateur Alex Jones for her new NBC News show.
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Did You Know?
In "provocateur," a word borrowed directly from French, one sees the English verb "provoke." Both "provoke" and "provocateur" derive from Latin provocare, meaning "to call forth." Why do we say "provocateur" for one who incites another to action, instead of simply "provoker"? Perhaps it's because of "agent provocateur," a term of French origin that literally means "provoking agent." Both "agent provocateur" and the shortened "provocateur" can refer to someone (such as an undercover police officer or a political operative) whose job is to incite people to break the law so that they can be arrested, but only "provocateur" is used in English with the more general sense of "one who provokes."
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