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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Seemingly cornered, the snake backed away, and Numpet, who felt moved to provoke the fight, poked the snake with a stick.
There are numerous theories, from money to the intriguing idea that Judas may have actually been an overzealous believer anxious to provoke a confrontation with the Romans.
The temperature was 85 degrees at 3 p.m. The hot weather provoked debates about the timing of the 60-day season.
The group’s aspiration to build a state was fatally undermined by its other ideological aim, which was to provoke an apocalyptic confrontation with its opponents.
Yet rather than fall back on obvious sloganeering, Metz provoked by way of terse, noir-like declarations and controlled chaos that leaned on the superhuman percussion abilities of Hayden Menzies.
Nor does Christian appear to be provoked or angered by Fletcher's act.
Some see it as provoked by Western policies, whether supposedly insufficient aid provided to Russia to overcome Communist legacies in the 1990s or an unnecessarily confrontational expansion of NATO.
Three years earlier, ethnic minorities in Darfur rebelled against the Sudanese government, provoking a wave of atrocities in retaliation.
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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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