Synonyms for provoking


1. arouse, elicit, enkindle, kindle, evoke, fire, raise, provoke, make, create
usage: call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses); "arouse pity"; "raise a smile"; "evoke sympathy"
2. provoke, evoke, call forth, kick up, cause, do, make
usage: evoke or provoke to appear or occur; "Her behavior provoked a quarrel between the couple"
3. provoke, stimulate, challenge
usage: provide the needed stimulus for
4. harass, hassle, harry, chivy, chivvy, chevy, chevvy, beset, plague, molest, provoke, annoy, rag, get to, bother, get at, irritate, rile, nark, nettle, gravel, vex, chafe, devil
usage: annoy continually or chronically; "He is known to harry his staff when he is overworked"; "This man harasses his female co-workers"


1. agitative, agitating, provoking, provocative (vs. unprovocative)
usage: causing or tending to cause anger or resentment; "a provoking delay at the airport"
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