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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

The bad thing about being a famous comedian is that every now and then someone approaches me to tell an old joke. Don't tell me jokes - I have that. People also say the weirdest things, sometimes sarcastic things, and even evil things. They like to provoke to get a reaction.
Robin Williams

The best films of any kind, narrative or documentary, provoke questions.
Edward Norton

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

A destruction, an annihilation that only man can provoke, only man can prevent.
Elie Wiesel
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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
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