provoke


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

provoke (one) to

1. To incite, stir, or induce one to take some action. You shouldn't have let the boss provoke you to quit—now you won't be entitled to any severance pay! They provoked me to retaliate, which gave them the justification they needed to arrest me.
2. To incite, stir, or induce one to some hostile or incensed emotional state or response. Her words at the funeral provoked me to anger. Do not provoke the lord of the manor to wrath.
See also: provoke

provoke (one) into (doing something)

To incite, stir, or induce one into taking some action. You shouldn't have let the boss provoke you into quitting—now you won't be entitled to any severance pay! They provoked me into retaliating, which gave them the justification they needed to arrest me.
See also: provoke

provoke someone into something

to incite someone into doing something. The soldiers sought to provoke the demonstrators into starting a riot. They provoked us into leaving.
See also: provoke
References in periodicals archive ?
Though overtly apolitical, the Provoke photographers shared the antiauthoritarian views of the activists and adopted the rough stylistic approach of the protest books.
The scenario is to provoke citizens, both Albanians and Macedonians, to start an incident which politicians can use for their pre-electoral campaign.
Turkish media heavily criticised Tarasov's t-shirt sign, calling it an attempt to provoke Turkey or Turkish fans.
The trio were all due at Coventry Magistrates Court yesterday for the opening day of a scheduled four-day trial Dawson, 24, of Tachbrook Street, Leamington, has denied charges of obstructing or resisting a constable in execution of duty and using threatening, insulting words or abusive behaviour to provoke unlawful violence.
It's an old tactic, yet always effective: provoke your opponent into an attack that works to your advantage.
It broke my heart to hear that but it also strengthened it because I saw in her what I try to nurture everyday, to provoke.
Provoke Solutions has declared a new partnership with Qorus Software, a global provider of document automation solutions which combine with Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.
school, sounding their horns and sirens in a way they intentionally provoke clashes.
One of the things that does provoke bigotry (on all sides) is being told that someone is bigoted/ prejudiced because they have different views from someone else and may wish to discuss those views.
The protest has been peaceful so far, despite fears that small ultranationalist groups would stage counter-rallies and attempt to provoke protesters.
ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoy-an has accused the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) of trying provoke tense riots in the country.
Such groups and organisations only want to provoke Germany's Muslims," said Friedrich, adding that he would use every legal measure to prevent the film from being screened.
Referring to the ignominious public molestation of a teenaged girl in Guwahati, Vijayvargiya said women should wear clothes that enable them to earn respect of others and does not provoke them.
He went on saying that the Western countries provoke the Syrian opposition to undermine Syria's stability, expressing deep disappointment over the French and US stances regarding this issue.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Russia is alarmed at the US decision to station four ships at a base on Spain's Atlantic coast as part of an American-led NATO missile defense system, the Russian Foreign Ministry said, warning that the move would provoke a new arms race.