1. [syn: aggravated, provoked]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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; esp., to incense
to action, a faculty or passion, as love, hate, or ambition;
hence, commonly, to incite, as a person, to action by a
challenge, by taunts, or by defiance; to exasperate; to
irritate; to offend intolerably; to cause to retaliate.
Obey his voice, provoke him not. --Ex. xxiii.
Ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath. --Eph.
Of contumacy will provoke the Highest
To make death in us live. --Milton.
Can honor's voice provoke the silent dust? --Gray.
To the poet the meaning is what he pleases to make it,
what it provokes in his own soul. -- J.
Syn: To irritate; arouse; stir up; awake; excite; incite;
anger. See Irritate.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: incited, especially deliberately, to anger; "aggravated
by passive resistance"; "the provoked animal attacked the
child" [syn: aggravated, provoked]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
42 Moby Thesaurus words for "provoked":
aggravated, amplified, angry, annoyed, augmented, bothered,
browned-off, bugged, burnt-up, chafed, deliberately provoked,
disturbed, embittered, enhanced, enlarged, exacerbated,
exasperated, galled, griped, heated up, heightened, hotted up,
huffy, increased, intensified, irked, irritated, magnified, miffed,
nettled, peeved, piqued, put-out, resentful, riled, roiled,
ruffled, soured, troubled, vexed, worse, worsened