provocative

  • 1Provocative — Pro*vo ca*tive, n. Anything that is provocative; a stimulant; as, a provocative of appetite. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 2provocative — [adj1] aggravating annoying, challenging, disturbing, exciting, galling, goading, heady, incensing, inciting, influential, inspirational, insulting, intoxicating, offensive, outrageous, provoking, pushing, spurring, stimulant, stimulating;… …

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  • 3Provocative — Pro*vo ca*tive, a. [L. provocativus: cf. OF. provocatif.] Serving or tending to provoke, excite, or stimulate; exciting. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 4provocative — I adjective aggravating, alluring, annoying, arousing, attractive, bellicose, captivating, challenging, defiant, desirable, electric, electrifying, enchanting, entrancing, exasperating, exciting, galling, galvanic, galvanical, grating, inciting,… …

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  • 5provocative — early 15c., from obsolete Fr. provocatif (15c.), from L.L. provocativus, from L. provocare (see PROVOKE (Cf. provoke)). Specifically of sexual desire from 1620s. Related: Provocatively …

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  • 6provocative — ► ADJECTIVE 1) deliberately causing annoyance or anger. 2) deliberately arousing sexual desire or interest. DERIVATIVES provocatively adverb provocativeness noun …

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  • 7provocative — [prə väk′ə tiv, prōväk′ə tiv] adj. [ME prouocatyue, aphrodisiac < LL provocativus < L provocare: see PROVOKE] provoking or tending to provoke, as to action, thought, feeling, etc.; stimulating, erotic, irritating, etc. n. something that… …

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  • 8provocative — pro|voc|a|tive [prəˈvɔkətıv US ˈva: ] adj 1.) provocative behaviour, remarks etc are intended to make people angry or upset, or to cause a lot of discussion provocative comment/remark/statement ▪ The minister s provocative remarks were widely… …

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  • 9provocative — [[t]prəvɒ̱kətɪv[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED If you describe something as provocative, you mean that it is intended to make people react angrily or argue against it. He has made a string of outspoken and sometimes provocative speeches in recent years...… …

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  • 10provocative — adj. 1 intending to cause an argument VERBS ▪ be, seem ▪ consider sth ADVERB ▪ extremely, fairly, very, etc …

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  • 11provocative — adjective 1 provocative behaviour, remarks etc are intended to make people angry or to cause a lot of discussion: Some would say he wrote a deliberately provocative book. 2 provocative clothes, movements etc are intended to make someone sexually… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12provocative — adjective Date: 15th century serving or tending to provoke, excite, or stimulate < a provocative question > • provocative noun • provocatively adverb • provocativeness noun …

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  • 13provocative — 1. noun Anything that is provocative; a stimulant; as, a provocative of appetite. 2. adjective Serving or tending to provoke, excite, or stimulate; excitin …

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  • 14provocative — adj. highly provocative * * * [prə vɒkətɪv] highly provocative …

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  • 15provocative — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. tantalizing, titillating; racy, piquant. See taste, attention, excitement, attraction. Ant., innocuous. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. alluring, arousing, intriguing; see interesting , stimuLating .&#8230; …

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  • 16provocative — pro|voc|a|tive [ prə vakətıv ] adjective 1. ) intended to start arguments between people or to make people angry or upset: a deliberately provocative remark 2. ) causing people to become sexually excited: provocative clothing ╾ pro|voc|a|tive|ly&#8230; …

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  • 17provocative — adjective 1) provocative remarks Syn: annoying, irritating, exasperating, infuriating, maddening, vexing, galling; insulting, offensive, inflammatory, incendiary, controversial; informal aggravating, in your face Ant …

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  • 18provocative — UK [prəˈvɒkətɪv] / US [prəˈvɑkətɪv] adjective 1) intended to start arguments between people or to make people angry or upset a deliberately provocative remark 2) causing people to become sexually excited a very provocative dress Derived word:&#8230; …

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  • 19provocative — provocatively, adv. provocativeness, n. /preuh vok euh tiv/, adj. 1. tending or serving to provoke; inciting, stimulating, irritating, or vexing. n. 2. something provocative. [1375 1425; late ME < LL provocativus. See PROVOCATION, IVE] * * * …

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  • 20provocative — pro·voc·a·tive prə väk ət iv adj serving or tending to provoke, excite, or stimulate &LT;provocative test for coronary spasm (Jour. Amer. Med. Assoc.)&GT; * * * pro·voc·a·tive (pro vokґ&#601; tiv) stimulating the appearance of a sign, reflex,&#8230; …

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