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Definition of provoking

: causing mild anger : annoying

Other Words from provoking

provokingly adverb

Examples of provoking in a Sentence

the host's provoking opinions are the reason why people tune in to his radio talk show in the first place
Recent Examples on the Web Any use of an antibiotic carries the possibility of provoking resistance, because bacteria adapt to defend themselves. Wired, 15 July 2022 One that steeps itself in thought provoking flavors for its area. Chelsea Davis, Forbes, 29 June 2022 Having a multitude of voices weighing in on the depictions of the Black Pearsons made for a viewing experience many in the audience found refreshing and thought provoking. Essence, 21 June 2022 And right around this time Woods released a new EP, Big Hurt Boy, a superb six-song collection that is powerful, heartfelt and musically and lyrically literate and thought provoking. Steve Baltin, Forbes, 1 May 2022 Contrary to the mixed critical fanfare and harsh criticism of its three-hour-plus runtime, the 1998 film Meet Joe Black holds up with a charm that's subtle, refreshing, and thought-provoking. Derek Scancarelli,, 7 July 2022 Now’s promise of providing our audiences with high-quality, thought-provoking, incredibly well-acted and captivating programming. Patrick Frater, Variety, 17 June 2022 Contributing to thought provoking and inspiring stories is such an honor. Nadja Sayej, Forbes, 10 June 2022 In the aftermath of the deadliest school shooting in a decade, many have asked what more could have been done - how an 18-year-old who’d spewed so much hate to so many on the Web could do so without provoking punishment or raising alarm. Anchorage Daily News, 28 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of provoking

1642, in the meaning defined above

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“Provoking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Oct. 2022.

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