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.
Recent Examples of provoke from the Web
China urged countries involved to refrain from provoking each other, Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Tuesday at a regular briefing in Beijing.
But history should provoke — not just inform — by challenging our perceptions.
And Tina Fey’s surprise, sometimes tone-deaf appearance on Saturday Night Live provoked questions about who should be speaking and who should be listening during this time in our nation’s history.
An Australian senator provoked an angry backlash from lawmakers by wearing a burqa in Parliament on Thursday as part of her campaign for a national ban on Islamic face covers.
In laboratory studies, researchers have been able to reliably provoke hallucinations in most subjects after only a single day of blindfolding.
His explosive statements apparently also provoked a furious earful from MGM chief executive and chairman Gary Barber, who personally called the actor to address the interview.
The essay is available online as part of The New School History Project, a site where students curate a trove of recovered archival material to provoke critical and informed discussion.
The Divided States of Hysteria, written and drawn by Howard Chaykin, and published by Image comics, provoked a strong response from fans.
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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
PROVOKE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of provoke for English Language Learners
: to cause the occurrence of (a feeling or action) : to make (something) happen
: to cause (a person or animal) to become angry, violent, etc.
PROVOKE Defined for Kids
Definition of provoke for Students
- Don't provoke your sister.
- The joke provoked a smile.
Word Root of provoke
medical Definition of provoke
- ipecac provokes vomiting
legal Definition of provoke
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