What does provoke mean?

provoke meaning in General Dictionary

annoy constantly or chronically

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  • phone forth (emotions, feelings, and answers)
  • give you the needed stimulation for
  • evoke or trigger to appear or occur
  • To call forth to phone into becoming or action esp to incense to action a professors or enthusiasm as love hate or ambition therefore frequently to incite as a person to action by challenging by taunts or by defiance to exasperate to irritate to upset intolerably to cause to retaliate
  • To cause provocation or fury
  • To phone forth; to phone into being or activity; esp., to incense to activity, a faculty or passion, as love, hate, or ambition; hence, generally, to incite, as one, to action by a challenge, by taunts, or by defiance; to exasperate; to aggravate; to offend intolerably; resulting in to retaliate.
  • resulting in provocation or anger.
  • To impress. [A Latinism]

provoke meaning in Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., from Old French provoker, provochier (12c., Modern French provoquer) and right from Latin provocare "phone forth, challenge," from pro- "forth" (see pro-) + vocare "to call" (see vocals (n.)). Related: Provoked; provoking.


Sentence Examples with the word provoke

MacMahon, equally unwilling to resign or to provoke civil war, had no choice but to dismiss his advisers and form a moderate republican ministry under the premiership of Dufaure.

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