Troubling the nerves or peace of mind, as by repeated vexations: a provoking delay at the airport. (adjective)
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Use "provoking" in a sentence
"Being thought-provoking is its point, and a useful but limited end in itself."
"Faux news representatives are real world Pied Pipers of Hamelin provoking and leading frightened and irrational Republican lemmings to financial/medical ruin and self-assisted health care suicide."
"But what I said was much more precise (and worked marvelously in provoking these guys to make fools of themselves, not that this is difficult): as a matter of science, the way an exception proofs a rule is precisely a test: if it is true that objects fall at the same speed whether they are heavy or light, then how can it also be true that a feather falls more slowly?"