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Definition of Provoking


  1. of Provoke
  2. Having the power or quality of exciting resentment; tending to awaken passion or vexation; as, provoking words or treatment.

Provoking Quotations

While religious tolerance is surely better than religious war, tolerance is not without its liabilities. Our fear of provoking religious hatred has rendered us incapable of criticizing ideas that are now patently absurd and increasingly maladaptive.
Sam Harris

Love you will find only where you may show yourself weak without provoking strength.
Theodor Adorno

I'm not interested in provoking people, but only in trying to be consoling.
Martin Kippenberger

Usually if nobody hates a piece, nobody loves it, either; and a magazine which sets itself the goal of provoking thought is not doing its job if everybody agrees with what it does.
Stanley Schmidt

Once I feel I'm right, I have enjoyed provoking.
E. O. Wilson
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Provoking Translations

provoking in French is provoquant, chiffonant
provoking in German is provozierenden, reizend, provozierend
provoking in Swedish is retsam
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