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Definition of "provocateur" [provocateur]

  • An agent provocateur. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "provocateur" in a sentence
  • "Housh, an Internet activist and provocateur, is not an easy guy to characterize."
  • "Assuming for the sake of the argument that the website (which liked the sign) did not falsify the date of the post, that the picture was not photoshopped, and that the demonstrator was not a leftie agent provocateur, is that really enough to justify tens of thousands of smirking [expletive deleteds] like Dilan Esper calling all tea partiers ‘teabaggers’ ever after and insisting that they asked for it and that they took the name themselves?"
  • "Q: You're often called a provocateur as a director; are you upset if people don't walk out of your films?"