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
The crash provoked a chain reaction that affected three other cars.
In November 1872 acquisitive settlers and an unscrupulous Indian agent provoked the army into a bloody confrontation with Jack’s village.
When the subject is controversial, people who have asked to use her songs sometimes leave out a verse for fear of provoking debate.
Putin accused the United States of provoking North Korea and called on both sides to deescalate the situation.
To minimize the risk of provoking an aggressive North Korean reaction during the games, South Korea has asked Washington to delay regular joint military exercises until after the Olympics, the Financial Times reported.
That outpouring of international love for her essentially provoked the Forest Department of Rajasthan to feed her.
Obviously this post provoked outrage and much debate.
Such words of calm to a troubled individual are the necessary opposite to ISIS’s tactic of provoking a contagion of fear.
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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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