agent provocateur


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a·gent pro·vo·ca·teur

 (ă-zhäN′ prô-vô′kä-tœr′)
n. pl. a·gents pro·vo·ca·teurs (ă-zhäN′ prô-vô′kä-tœr′)
A person employed to associate with suspected individuals or groups with the purpose of inciting them to commit acts that will make them liable to punishment.

[French : agent, agent + provocateur, instigator.]

agent provocateur

(aʒɑ̃ prɔvɔkatœr)
n, pl agents provocateurs (aʒɑ̃ prɔvɔkatœr)
a secret agent employed to provoke suspected persons to commit illegal acts and so be discredited or liable to punishment

a•gent pro•vo•ca•teur

(ˈeɪ dʒənt prəˌvɒk əˈtɜr, -ˈtʊər, æˈʒɑ̃)

n., pl. a•gents pro•vo•ca•teurs (ˈeɪ dʒənts prəˌvɒk əˈtɜr, -ˈtʊər, æˈʒɑ̃)
a secret agent hired to incite suspected persons to some illegal action.
[1875–80; < French: inciting agent]

agent provocateur

A French phrase meaning provoking agent, used to mean a person who deliberately encourages another to commit an illegal act for which they can be prosecuted.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.agent provocateur - a secret agent who incites suspected persons to commit illegal acts
intelligence agent, intelligence officer, operative, secret agent - a person secretly employed in espionage for a government
Translations

agent provocateur

[ˈæʒɑ̃ːprɒvɒkəˈtɜːʳ] Nagente mf provocador(a)

agent provocateur

n pl <-s -s> → Agent provocateur m, → Lockspitzel m

agent provocateur

[aʒɑ̃ prɔvɔkatœr] nagente m provocatore
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