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An agent provocateur.


(prəˌvɒkəˈtɜː) ,




(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a person who deliberately behaves controversially in order to provoke argument or other strong reactions


(prəˌvɒk əˈtɜr, -ˈtʊər)

a person who provokes trouble or incites dissension; agitator; agent provocateur.
[1915–20; < French < Latin prōvocātor challenger, appellant =provocā(re) to provoke + -tor -tor]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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


[prəˌvɒkəˈtɜːr] nprovocateur/trice m/f
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