provocative


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pro·voc·a·tive

 (prə-vŏk′ə-tĭv)
adj.
Tending to provoke or stimulate.

pro·voc′a·tive n.
pro·voc′a·tive·ly adv.
pro·voc′a·tive·ness n.

provocative

(prəˈvɒkətɪv)
adj
acting as a stimulus or incitement, esp to anger or sexual desire; provoking: a provocative look; a provocative remark.
proˈvocatively adv
proˈvocativeness n

pro•voc•a•tive

(prəˈvɒk ə tɪv)

adj.
1. tending or serving to provoke; stimulating, exciting, or vexing.
n.
2. something provocative.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Late Latin prōvocātīvus. See provoke, -ate1, -ive]
pro•voc′a•tive•ly, adv.
pro•voc′a•tive•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.provocative - serving or tending to provoke, excite, or stimulate; stimulating discussion or exciting controversy; "a provocative remark"; "a provocative smile"; "provocative Irish tunes which...compel the hearers to dance"- Anthony Trollope
exciting - creating or arousing excitement; "an exciting account of her trip"
unprovocative, unprovoking - not provocative
2.provocative - exciting sexual desire; "her gestures and postures became more wanton and provocative"
sexy - marked by or tending to arouse sexual desire or interest; "feeling sexy"; "sexy clothes"; "sexy poses"; "a sexy book"; "sexy jokes"

provocative

adjective
1. offensive, provoking, insulting, challenging, disturbing, stimulating, annoying, outrageous, aggravating (informal), incensing, galling, goading Their behaviour was called provocative and antisocial.
2. suggestive, tempting, stimulating, exciting, inviting, sexy (informal), arousing, erotic, seductive, alluring, tantalizing sexually provocative behaviour

provocative

adjective
Bordering on indelicacy or impropriety:
Translations
مُثير، مُهَيِّج
vyzývavý
ögrandi, æsandi
vyzývavý
kışkırtıcıtahrik edici

provocative

[prəˈvɒkətɪv] ADJ
1. (= inflammatory) [remark, behaviour] → provocador; [act] → de provocación, provocador
2. (= thought-provoking) [book, film] → sugestivo, que hace reflexionar; [title] → sugestivo
3. (= seductive) [person] → seductor; [clothing, look, smile] → provocativo

provocative

[prəˈvɒkətɪv] adj
(causing anger or controversy) [remark, article, behaviour, action] → provocateur/trice
(sexually) [person, clothes] → provocant(e)

provocative

adj
(= thought-provoking)provozierend, provokatorisch; film, discussionanregend, kontrovers; he’s just trying to be provocativeer versucht nur zu provozieren
(= erotic, seductive) dressprovozierend; remarkherausfordernd; pose, manner, behaviouraufreizend, herausfordernd, provozierend

provocative

[prəˈvɒkətɪv] adj (causing anger) → provocatorio/a; (seductive) → provocante; (thought-provoking) → stimolante

provoke

(prəˈvəuk) verb
1. to make angry or irritated. Are you trying to provoke me?
2. to cause. His words provoked laughter.
3. to cause (a person etc) to react in an angry way. He was provoked into hitting her.
provocation (provəˈkeiʃən) noun
the act of provoking or state of being provoked.
proˈvocative (-ˈvokətiv) adjective
likely to rouse feeling, especially anger or sexual interest. provocative remarks; a provocative dress.
proˈvocatively adverb
References in classic literature ?
Indeed, all the enjoyments of this period were provocative of tears.
I was at first at a great loss for salt, but custom soon reconciled me to the want of it; and I am confident that the frequent use of salt among us is an effect of luxury, and was first introduced only as a provocative to drink, except where it is necessary for preserving flesh in long voyages, or in places remote from great markets; for we observe no animal to be fond of it but man, and as to myself, when I left this country, it was a great while before I could endure the taste of it in anything that I ate.
They carried alforjas all of them, and all apparently well filled, at least with things provocative of thirst, such as would summon it from two leagues off.
The death agonies of a fellow being are, to these strange creatures provocative of the wildest hilarity, while their chief form of commonest amusement is to inflict death on their prisoners of war in various ingenious and horrible ways.
The next day Danglars was again hungry; certainly the air of that dungeon was very provocative of appetite.
Steeled knights of the Conquest, bearded statesmen of Queen Elizabeth, and high-ruffled ladies of her court, were mingled with characters of comedy, such as a party-colored Merry Andrew, jingling his cap and bells; a Falstaff, almost as provocative of laughter as his prototype; and a Don Quixote, with a bean pole for a lance, and a pot lid for a shield.
no sooner had I grasped hand or arm than the elf was gone; the provocative smile quenched in the expressive brown eyes, and a ray of gentle homage shone under the lids in its place.
Pillars are un-English and provocative, and a waste of wax that is needed for higher and more practical ends," said the Wax-moth from an empty store-cell.
From her soft, thick brown hair done up cleverly in the latest mode and her narrow eyebrows arched, oh, so carefully, and penciled with such skill, to that same trim provocative pump and disconcerting flash of silk-clad ankle, Rose had dash.
It must be admitted that Challenger is provocative in the last degree, but Summerlee has an acid tongue, which makes matters worse.
There was something perverse and provocative in the notion of fur worn in the evening in a heated drawing-room, and in the combination of a muffled throat and bare arms; but the effect was undeniably pleasing.
At the same time it is couched in so unfortunate a manner, and certain phrases in it are of so provocative a character, that its publication would undoubtedly lead to a most dangerous state of feeling in this country.