Examples of provoke in a Sentence
His remarks provoked both tears and laughter.
He just says those things because he's trying to provoke you.
The animal will not attack unless it is provoked.
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The result: a thought-provoking package of essays from the likes of Gabrielle Union Wade, A.O. Scott, and Jill Filipovic.
Did Russian spies set up Berg to provoke an international incident with Norway, a front-line member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization?
The move, on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, seemed planned to provoke a reaction.
The show was peppered with thought-provoking moments, including powerful performances and a call to action for gender equality.
For in addition to leading a quartet of musicians in leanly stated, thought-provoking music, vibraphonist Jason Marsalis explained some of the inner workings of what was happening.
Goldstein’s moving and thought-provoking book brings these and other challenges into sharp focus.
Gresham police said there's no evidence Goleman did anything to provoke Pierce.
The virtual reality billboards, which are nestled in between businesses and loom over pedestrians, are intended to provoke, pushing a viewer out of the mundanity of their daily routine.
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Synonymsarouse, encourage, excite, fire (up), impassion, incite, instigate, move, pique, rev (up), spark, stimulate, stir, build a fire under
Related Wordsfan, ignite, inflame (also enflame), kindle, trigger; activate, animate, drive, energize, galvanize, induce, inspire, key (up), motivate, motive, pump up, quicken, set off, vitalize; abet, ferment, foment, raise, whip (up); anger, enrage, madden, upset; jeer, taunt, tease; aggravate, annoy, bother, exasperate, gall, get, irritate, vex
Near Antonymscalm, soothe, subdue, tranquilize (also tranquillize); appease, mollify, pacify, placate
Synonym Discussion of provoke
- my stories usually provoke laughter
- news that excited anger and frustration
- stimulating conversation
- that remark piqued my interest
- the high salary quickened her desire to have the job
synonyms see in addition irritate
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