One entry found for provoke.
Main Entry: pro·voke
Inflected Form(s): pro·voked; pro·vok·ing
Etymology: Middle English provoken "to arouse to strong feeling or action," from early French provoquer (same meaning), from Latin provocare "to call forth, stir up," from pro- "forth, forward" and vocare "to call" --related to ADVOCATE, REVOKE, VOCATION 1: to excite to anger 2: to stir up : BRING ABOUT <provoke an argument> synonymsPROVOKE, EXCITE, STIMULATE mean to arouse into doing or feeling something. PROVOKE stresses the feeling or action called forth <my stories usually provoke laughter>. EXCITE suggests the stirring up of great feeling <news of the victory excited joy and relief>. STIMULATE suggests a rousing out of laziness, inactivity, or unconcern <a speech that stimulated the crowd to shout slogans>.