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
Which is how his film is at turns charming but unsettling, amusing but poignant, care-free but thought-provoking.
Like no other player, perhaps ever, Burfict has provoked the most serious debate regarding excessive violence in the game.
The environmental filmmaker John de Graaf suspects, along with Smith, that the name changes are intended to provoke public reaction against DNC.
The Manhattan incident ought to provoke a debate about one policy change that could have a real impact on homegrown terrorism.
Historically, the North had tended not to provoke directly during the military drills.
But his acquittal in a dramatic 1995 murder trial still provokes strong feelings among Americans.
High-profile opposition provokes the president into personal vendettas, wasting his time and depleting his political capital.
And the need for both is provoked by an instinct for beauty.
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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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