'Provoke' definitions:

Definition of 'provoke'

(from WordNet)
Call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses); "arouse pity"; "raise a smile"; "evoke sympathy" [syn: arouse, elicit, enkindle, kindle, evoke, fire, raise, provoke]
Evoke or provoke to appear or occur; "Her behavior provoked a quarrel between the couple" [syn: provoke, evoke, call forth, kick up]
Provide the needed stimulus for [syn: provoke, stimulate]
Annoy continually or chronically; "He is known to harry his staff when he is overworked"; "This man harasses his female co-workers" [syn: harass, hassle, harry, chivy, chivvy, chevy, chevvy, beset, plague, molest, provoke]

Definition of 'Provoke'

  • Provoke \Pro*voke"\, v. i.
  • 1. To cause provocation or anger. [1913 Webster]
  • 2. To appeal.
  • Note: [A Latinism] [Obs.] --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Definition of 'Provoke'

  • Provoke \Pro*voke"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Provoked; p. pr. & vb. n. Provoking.] [F. provoquer, L. provocare to call forth; pro forth + vocare to call, fr. vox, vocis, voice, cry, call. See Voice.] 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. [1913 Webster]
  • Obey his voice, provoke him not. --Ex. xxiii. 21. [1913 Webster]
  • Ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath. --Eph. vi. 4. [1913 Webster]
  • Such acts Of contumacy will provoke the Highest To make death in us live. --Milton. [1913 Webster]
  • Can honor's voice provoke the silent dust? --Gray. [1913 Webster]
  • To the poet the meaning is what he pleases to make it, what it provokes in his own soul. -- J. Burroughs. [1913 Webster]
  • Syn: To irritate; arouse; stir up; awake; excite; incite; anger. See Irritate. [1913 Webster]

Synonyms of 'provoke'

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