- = anger, insult, annoy, offend, irritate, infuriate, hassle (informal), aggravate (informal), incense, enrage, gall, put someone out, madden, exasperate, vex, affront, chafe, irk, rile, pique, get on someone's nerves (informal), get someone's back up, piss someone off (taboo & slang), put someone's back up, try someone's patience, nark (British & Australian & New Zealand, slang), make someone's blood boil, get in someone's hair (informal), rub someone up the wrong way, hack someone off (informal) •
I didn't want to do anything to provoke him.
opposites: calm, appease, placate, quiet, soothe, sweeten, pacify, mollify, conciliate, propitiate
- = rouse, cause, produce, lead to, move, fire, promote, occasion, excite, inspire, generate, prompt, stir, stimulate, motivate, induce, bring about, evoke, give rise to, precipitate, elicit, inflame, incite, instigate, kindle, foment, call forth, draw forth, bring on or down •
His comments have provoked a shocked reaction.
opposites: ease, relieve, moderate, modify, temper, curb, blunt, lessen, lull, allay, mitigate, abate, assuage
'provoke' in Other Languages
- British English: provoke If you provoke someone, you deliberately annoy them and try to make them behave aggressively. VERBHe hit me, but I didn't do anything to provoke him.
- Brazilian Portuguese: provocar
- Chinese: 对…挑衅对對…挑衅釁
- European Spanish: provocar
- French: provoquer
- German: provozieren
- Italian: provocare
- Japanese: 挑発する
- Korean: 성나게 하다
- Portuguese: provocar
- Spanish: provocar
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