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
When the two last formed a government, back in 2000, the news provoked diplomatic sanctions: visits and meetings were cancelled.
Whether marauding nomadic tribes or local ruffians provoked Zimri-Lim’s nightmare may finally become clear.
This fascinating and thought-provoking book, published by Simon & Schuster, comes out on Jan. 2.
Police haven't said what provoked the shooting or whether any suspects have been identified.
Resist the urge to provoke it too often, sapping its energy.
This has, predictably, provoked a sharp backlash among blue state Republicans in the House.
The district typically relies on school employees to report mold or the problems that provoke it before staff investigates for mold.
The crash provoked a chain reaction that affected three other cars.
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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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