provoking

adjective
pro·​vok·​ing | \ prə-ˈvō-kiŋ How to pronounce provoking (audio) \

Definition of provoking

: causing mild anger : annoying

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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 Pettersson responded by suggesting that Trump risked provoking violence, an apparent reference to his post about ongoing riots surrounding George Floyd's death. Fox News, "Israeli legislature presses Twitter on 'double standard' between Iran's 'genocide' tweets and Trump's," 30 July 2020 Players and coaches say many of the discussions have been heartfelt and thought-provoking. Dallas News, "How the Dallas Mavericks have become ‘a model’ in the fight against racial injustice and inequality," 30 July 2020 In an office space, a mishmash of signs, floor markers and plexiglass shields would tend either to be ignored, offer a false sense of security or be anxiety-provoking and counterproductive. Lorraine Mirabella, Washington Post, "After shutdowns in Maryland, offices reemerge with changes," 4 July 2020 In 2015, a white Minneapolis police officer fatally shot an unarmed man named Jamar Clark, provoking protests that drew hundreds of people. Martin Kuz, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘It’s way past time to try something new’: The push to defund police," 19 June 2020 But it’s guest Jay Rock who shatters the vibe with a thought-provoking verse that seems to come out of nowhere. cleveland, "50 greatest rap verses since 2010," 8 June 2020 Twitter marked the post as breaking its policies against inciting violence, but Facebook, which has a similar policy against provoking violence, decided not to follow suit. Washington Post, "Facebook employees said they were ‘caught in an abusive relationship’ with Trump as internal debates raged," 5 June 2020 Twitter marked the post as breaking its policies against inciting violence, but Facebook, which has a similar policy against provoking violence, decided not to follow suit. Anchorage Daily News, "Facebook employees said they were ‘caught in an abusive relationship’ with Trump as internal debates raged," 5 June 2020

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First Known Use of provoking

1642, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of provoking was in 1642

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5 Aug 2020

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“Provoking.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/provoking. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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