provoking [prəvōk′iŋ]
that provokes; esp., annoying or vexing

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  • Provoking — Pro*vok ing, a. Having the power or quality of exciting resentment; tending to awaken passion or vexation; as, provoking words or treatment. {Pro*vok ing*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • provoking — index moving (evoking emotion), offensive (taking the initiative), persuasive, provocative, sapid, vexatious Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …   Law dictionary

  • Provoking — Provoke Pro*voke , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Provoked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Provoking}.] [F. provoquer, L. provocare to call forth; pro forth + vocare to call, fr. vox, vocis, voice, cry, call. See {Voice}.] To call forth; to call into being or action;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • provoking — Synonyms and related words: aggravating, agitating, alluring, annoying, ardent, bothering, bothersome, breathtaking, burning, challenging, charged, cliff hanging, disquieting, distracting, disturbing, electric, emphatic, encouraging, energizing,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • provoking — adjective causing or tending to cause anger or resentment a provoking delay at the airport • Syn: ↑agitative, ↑agitating • Similar to: ↑provocative • Derivationally related forms: ↑agitate ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • provoking a difficulty — Making trouble with a purpose. An assault or the menace of one, by an overt act, with intent to inflict death or great bodily harm in the event it is resisted, made maliciously to bring about that result and enable the provoking party to wreak… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • provoking — adjective Date: 1642 causing mild anger ; annoying • provokingly adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • provoking — provokingly, adv. /preuh voh king/, adj. serving to provoke; causing annoyance. [1520 30; PROVOKE + ING2] * * * …   Universalium

  • provoking — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. vexing, annoying, tormenting; see disturbing . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Troubling the nerves or peace of mind, as by repeated vexations: annoying, bothersome, galling, irksome, irritating, nettlesome, plaguy …   English dictionary for students

  • provoking — pro vok·ing || prÉ™ vəʊkɪŋ adj. angering, irritating, annoying; inciting, instigating; stimulating, arousing pro·voke || prÉ™ vəʊk v. anger, irritate, annoy; incite, instigate; stimulate, arouse; cause, induce, bring out …   English contemporary dictionary

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