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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
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Earlier this month, when the Cleveland Cavaliers trailed the Boston Celtics two games to none in the Eastern Conference Finals, the ESPN provocateur Stephen A. Smith offered a theory about the inner workings and motivations of LeBron James.
Noé is a bit of a provocateur in the way that Lebron is kind of good at basketball.
Juncker is known for being the occasional provocateur.
Get our daily newsletter Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee released their report on Russian meddling in the 2016 election, concluding that provocateurs had interfered, but that there had been no collusion with the Trump campaign.
Wood believes students need to hear provocateurs like Derbyshire in order to formulate their own thoughts and challenges.
While largely depicted as a nuclear provocateur in the outside world, Mr. Kim is determined to be the face of a modern and more open North Korea at home.
The newest project from British art provocateur Damien Hirst opens today at the Palms Casino Resort, as part of a $620 million renovation undertaken by owners and art collectors Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta.
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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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