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Definition of Provoke

Provoke

  1. To call forth; to call into being or action; esp., to incense to action, a faculty or passion, as love, hate, or ambition; hence, commonly, to incite, as a person, to action by a challenge, by taunts, or by defiance; to exasperate; to irritate; to offend intolerably; to cause to retaliate.
  2. To cause provocation or anger.
  3. To appeal. [A Latinism]

Provoke Quotations

I am sorry to think that you do not get a man's most effective criticism until you provoke him. Severe truth is expressed with some bitterness.
Henry David Thoreau

On two occasions I have been asked, 'Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?' I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question.
Charles Babbage

Repression will provoke rebellion.
Hugh Williamson

I want to provoke people with thoughts, not by taking my clothes off. It's time to move on from Stripperville.
Marina and the Diamonds

If you want to provoke, you should provoke someone who is stronger than you, otherwise you are misusing your power.
Lars von Trier
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Provoke Translations

provoke in Danish is udfordre
provoke in Dutch is aanstoken, ophitsen, irriteren
provoke in French is chiffonent, chiffoner, irriter, provoquons
provoke in German is provoziere, provozieren, herausfordern
provoke in Italian is sfidare, esacerbare, cagionare
provoke in Portuguese is provoque
provoke in Spanish is retar, pinchar, provocar