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  • verbmake angry
  • verbstart, evoke; stimulate

synonyms for provokes

  • aggravate
  • anger
  • enrage
  • foment
  • incite
  • inflame
  • infuriate
  • irk
  • irritate
  • offend
  • raise
  • abet
  • abrade
  • affront
  • annoy
  • bother
  • bug
  • chafe
  • exasperate
  • exercise
  • fret
  • gall
  • get
  • grate
  • incense
  • insult
  • madden
  • nag
  • perturb
  • pique
  • rile
  • roil
  • ruffle
  • set
  • upset
  • vex
  • get on one's nerves
  • get under one's skin
  • hit where one lives
  • make blood boil
  • make waves
  • put out
  • set on
  • try one's patience
  • whip up
  • work into lather
  • work up
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antonyms for provokes

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  • alleviate
  • appease
  • calm
  • delight
  • discourage
  • help
  • make happy
  • pacify
  • placate
  • please
  • soothe
  • stop
  • aid
  • assuage
  • comfort
  • compliment
  • dissuade
  • fail
  • gratify
  • hinder
  • ignore
  • lose
  • end
  • halt
  • prevent
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How to use provokes in a sentence

What provokes me most is the unhappy extent to which distinctions of rank are carried.
THE SORROWS OF YOUNG WERTHERJ.W. VON GOETHE
In its total aspect as a dramatic commentary the score provokes wonder at its precision and flexibility.
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Another appeal from Mrs. M'C, repeating her former proposal with greater energy; this feminine insistence provokes me.
TONY BUTLERCHARLES JAMES LEVER
Of the sanctimonious tone we may say that it has its reward in the almost universal contempt it provokes.
EXPOSITOR'S BIBLE: THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEWJOHN MONRO GIBSON
He provokes those who are weaker than himself, and when it comes to blows, he grows ferocious and tries to do harm.
CUORE (HEART)EDMONDO DE AMICIS
This invariably provokes the owners of the nest to attack the black villains, who do not resist, but take to their wings.
A BIRD CALENDAR FOR NORTHERN INDIADOUGLAS DEWAR
Yet,” said Christophe, “I wish that we should all avoid such language as provokes jealousy of race.
THE HOUR AND THE MANHARRIET MARTINEAU
But the speaker has tact enough to see her mistake from the simultaneous loud speech it provokes.
SOMEHOW GOODWILLIAM DE MORGAN
Own that you are capricious, own that you have lighted upon some woman who provokes your appetite more than I do!
THE HISTORY OF SIR RICHARD CALMADYLUCAS MALET
He who stirs up against himself another's self-love, provokes the strongest passions in human nature.
MARTINE'S HAND-BOOK OF ETIQUETTE, AND GUIDE TO TRUE POLITENESSARTHUR MARTINE
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OCTOBER 26, 1985
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