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agent provocateur

noun

1 agent provocateur

A secret agent who incites suspected persons to commit illegal acts.

synonym: provocateur.

Roget 615: motive, springs of action, wellsprings of action.    reason, ground, call, principle; by end, by purpose; mainspring, primum mobile [Lat.], keystone; the why and the wherefore; ... show more




Moby thesaurus: agitator, agitprop, capper, catalyst, come-on man, decoy, demagogue, exciter, firebrand, fomenter, incendiary, inciter, inflamer, instigator, mischief-maker, plant, provocateur, provoker, rabble-rouser, ringleader ... show more.

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