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provoke

verb

1 provoke

Call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses).

synonyms: arouse, elicit, enkindle, evoke, fire, kindle, raise.

Roget 153: be the cause of etc. n .; originate; give origin to, give rise, to, give occasion to; cause, occasion, sow the seeds of, kindle, suscitate; bring on, ... show more

Roget 615: induce, move; draw, draw on; bring in its train, give an impulse etc. n.; to; inspire; put up to, prompt, call up; attract, ... show more

Roget 824: excite, affect, touch, move, impress, strike, interest, animate, inspire, impassion, smite, infect; stir the blood, fire the blood, ... show more

Roget 835: aggravate, render worse, heighten, embitter, sour; exacerbate; exasperate, envenom; enrage, provoke, tease.    add fuel to the fire, add fuel to the flame; fan the flame ... show more

Roget 900: resent, take amiss, take ill, take to heart, take offense, take umbrage, take huff, take exception; take in ill part, take in bad part, take in dudgeon; ne pas entendre raillerie [Fr.]; breathe revenge, cut up rough.    ... show more

Dutch: ontlokken, bovenhalen, evoceren, evoqueren, oproepen, wekken



2 provoke

Evoke or provoke to appear or occur:
— Her behavior provoked a quarrel between the couple.

synonyms: call forth, evoke, kick up.

Dutch: aanrichten, aanstichten, stichten, uitdagen, uitlokken

3 provoke

Provide the needed stimulus for.

synonym: stimulate.

4 provoke

Annoy continually or chronically.

synonyms: beset, chevvy, chevy, chivvy, chivy, harass, harry, hassle, molest, plague.

Roget 830: cause pain, occasion pain, give pain, bring pain, induce pain, produce pain, create pain, inflict pain etc. 828; pain, hurt, wound.    pinch, ... show more

Dutch: kwellen, pesten, tarten, uitlokken


Moby thesaurus: abet, abrade, activate, affect the interest, affront, agent provocateur, aggravate, agitate, alienate, amplify, anger, animate, annoy, answer back, antagonize, arouse, attract, augment, awaken, badger ... show more.

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