provoke

Anything that brings about a strong reaction can be said to provoke. You can provoke that lion if you want. But if he responds by attacking, don't come running to me.

Let's consider some people who have been known to provoke. Lenny Bruce, was more than just a comedian. He was a "provocateur" who used humor to deliver his controversial diatribes. Humor was his way to provoke people to think. Madonna made her name not only by producing a memorable catalogue of great pop songs, she proved herself to be a master at provoking people through her outrageous attire and lyrics. The moral of this story? It's possible to provoke both positive and negative responses.

Definitions of provoke
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v provide the needed stimulus for

Synonyms:
stimulate
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entice, lure, tempt
provoke someone to do something through (often false or exaggerated) promises or persuasion
rejuvenate
cause (a stream or river) to erode, as by an uplift of the land
jog
stimulate to remember
incite, instigate, set off, stir up
provoke or stir up
agitate, foment, stir up
try to stir up public opinion
hook, snare
entice and trap
seduce
lure or entice away from duty, principles, or proper conduct
call
lure by imitating the characteristic call of an animal
stool
lure with a stool, as of wild fowl
lead on
entice or induce especially when unwise or mistaken
tweedle
entice through the use of music
raise
activate or stir up
decoy
lure or entrap with or as if with a decoy
bait
lure, entice, or entrap with bait
rumpus
cause a disturbance
Type of:
challenge
issue a challenge to

v call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)

Synonyms:
arouse, elicit, enkindle, evoke, fire, kindle, raise
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strike a chord, touch a chord
evoke a reaction, response, or emotion
ask for, invite
increase the likelihood of
draw
elicit responses, such as objections, criticism, applause, etc.
rekindle
arouse again
infatuate
arouse unreasoning love or passion in and cause to behave in an irrational way
prick
to cause a sharp emotional pain
fire up, heat, ignite, inflame, stir up, wake
arouse or excite feelings and passions
excite, shake, shake up, stimulate, stir
stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of
excite
arouse or elicit a feeling
anger
make angry
discomfit, discompose, disconcert, untune, upset
cause to lose one's composure
shame
cause to be ashamed
bruise, hurt, injure, offend, spite, wound
hurt the feelings of
overcome, overpower, overtake, overwhelm, sweep over, whelm
overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli
interest
excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of
devastate
overwhelm or overpower
absorb, engage, engross, occupy
consume all of one's attention or time
clutch, get hold of, seize
affect
affront, diss, insult
treat, mention, or speak to rudely
ferment
work up into agitation or excitement
fuel
stimulate
arouse, excite, sex, turn on, wind up
stimulate sexually
affright, fright, frighten, scare
cause fear in
enervate, faze, unnerve, unsettle
disturb the composure of
dissolve
cause to lose control emotionally
combust
cause to become violent or angry
miff
cause to be annoyed
gall, irk
irritate or vex
exasperate, incense, infuriate
make furious
madden
make mad
offend, pique
cause to feel resentment or indignation
bemuse, bewilder, discombobulate, throw
cause to be confused emotionally
abash, embarrass
cause to be embarrassed; cause to feel self-conscious
discountenance
look with disfavor on
anguish, hurt, pain
cause emotional anguish or make miserable
lacerate
deeply hurt the feelings of; distress
sting
cause an emotional pain, as if by stinging
enrage
put into a rage; make violently angry
thrill, tickle, vibrate
feel sudden intense sensation or emotion
afflict
cause great unhappiness for; distress
abase, chagrin, humble, humiliate, mortify
cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of
invite, tempt
give rise to a desire by being attractive or inviting
kill
overwhelm with hilarity, pleasure, or admiration
benight
overtake with darkness or night
knock out
overwhelm with admiration
stagger
astound or overwhelm, as with shock
lock
hold fast (in a certain state)
elate, intoxicate, lift up, pick up, uplift
fill with high spirits; fill with optimism
animate, enliven, exalt, inspire, invigorate
heighten or intensify
titillate
excite pleasurably or erotically
aggravate, exacerbate, exasperate
exasperate or irritate
fascinate, grip, spellbind, transfix
to render motionless, as with a fixed stare or by arousing terror or awe
enthuse
cause to feel enthusiasm
Type of:
create, make
make or cause to be or to become

v evoke or provoke to appear or occur

“Her behavior provoked a quarrel between the couple”
Synonyms:
call forth, evoke, kick up
arouse, bring up, call down, call forth, conjure, conjure up, evoke, invoke, put forward, raise, stir
summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic
Types:
pick
provoke
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cause, do, make
give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally

v annoy continually or chronically

Synonyms:
beset, chevvy, chevy, chivvy, chivy, harass, harry, hassle, molest, plague
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goad, needle
goad or provoke,as by constant criticism
bedevil, crucify, dun, frustrate, rag, torment
treat cruelly
haze
harass by imposing humiliating or painful tasks, as in military institutions
madden
drive up the wall; go on someone's nerves
hamstring
make ineffective or powerless
badger, beleaguer, bug, pester, tease
annoy persistently
oppress, persecute
cause to suffer
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annoy, bother, chafe, devil, get at, get to, gravel, irritate, nark, nettle, rag, rile, vex
cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations

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