provoke provoke (prə-vōkʹ) verb, transitiveprovoked, provoking, provokes1. To incite to anger or resentment. 2. To stir to action or feeling. 3. To give sầu rise to; evoke: provoke laughter. 4. To bring about deliberately; induce: provoke a fight. provokʹingly adverbSynonyms: provoke, incite, excite, stimulate, arouse, rouse, stir. These verbs are compared in the sense of moving a person lớn action or feeling or summoning something into lớn being by moving a person in this way. Provoke, the least explicit with respect khổng lồ means, frequently does little more than state the consequences produced: "Let my presumption not provoke thy wrath" (Shakespeare). "A situation which in the country would have sầu provoked meetings" (John Galsworthy). To incite is khổng lồ provoke & urge on: The insurrection was incited by members of the outlawed opposition. Excite especially implies the provoking of a svào reaction or powerful emotion: The play is bound khổng lồ fail; the plot excites little interest or curiosity. To stimulate is khổng lồ excite to lớn activity or to renewed vigor of action as if by spurring or goading: "Our vigilance was stimulated by our finding traces of a large . . . encampment" (Francis Parkman). Arouse and rouse suggest awakening, as from inactivity or apathy; rouse, the stronger term, often implies incitement khổng lồ vigorous or animated activity or excitement of strong emotion: "In a democratic society lượt thích ours, relief must come through an aroused popular conscience that sears the conscience of the people"s representatives" (Felix Frankfurter). "His mother . . . endeavored to rouse hyên ổn from this passive state" (Washington Irving). "The oceangoing steamers . . . roused in hyên wild và painful longings" (Arnold Bennett). To stir is khổng lồ prompt to lớn activity, khổng lồ arouse svào but usually agreeable feelings, or khổng lồ provoke trouble or commotion: "It was him as stirred up th" young woman khổng lồ preach last night" (George Eliot). "I have seldom been so . . . stirred by any piece of writing" (Mark Twain). "Men blame you that you have stirred a quarrel up" (William Butler Yeats). See also synonyms at annoy.
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provokeprovoke(v) incite, aggravate (informal), needle, goad, irritate, bait, inflame, rouse, niggle, whip up, hassle (informal)antonym: soothecause, bring about, elicit, trigger, produce, stir, activate, promptantonym: prevent