provoke provoke (prə-vōkʹ) verb, transitiveprovoked, provoking, provokes1. To incite lớn anger or resentment. 2. To stir to kích hoạt or feeling. 3. To give 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 to kích hoạt or feeling or summoning something into being by moving a person in this way. Provoke, the least explicit with respect lớn 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 provoked meetings" (John Galsworthy). Khổng lồ incite is to lớn provoke and urge on: The insurrection was incited by members of the outlawed opposition. Excite especially implies the provoking of a strong reaction or powerful emotion: The play is bound to lớn fail; the plot excites little interest or curiosity. Khổng lồ stimulate is to excite to lớn activity or khổng lồ renewed vigor of kích hoạt as if by spurring or goading: "Our vigilance was stimulated by our finding traces of a large . . . Encampment" (Francis Parkman). Arouse và rouse suggest awakening, as from inactivity or apathy; rouse, the stronger term, often implies incitement to lớn 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 lớn rouse him from this passive state" (Washington Irving). "The oceangoing steamers . . . Roused in him wild và painful longings" (Arnold Bennett). Lớn stir is to prompt to lớn activity, to arouse strong but usually agreeable feelings, or to lớn provoke trouble or commotion: "It was him as stirred up th" young woman to 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