provoking


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pro·vok·ing

 (prə-vō′kĭng)
adj.
Troubling the nerves or peace of mind, as by repeated vexations: a provoking delay at the airport.

pro·vok′ing·ly adv.

pro•vok•ing

(prəˈvoʊ kɪŋ)

adj.
serving to provoke; causing annoyance or anger.
[1520–30]
pro•vok′ing•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.provoking - causing or tending to cause anger or resentmentprovoking - causing or tending to cause anger or resentment; "a provoking delay at the airport"
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

provoking

adjective
Troubling the nerves or peace of mind, as by repeated vexations:
Translations

provoking

[prəˈvəʊkɪŋ] ADJirritante
how very provoking!¡qué fastidio!

provoking

[prəˈvəʊkɪŋ] adj (= annoying) → énervant(e), exaspérant(e)

provoking

adjprovozierend; (= annoying) fact, circumstanceärgerlich; how very provoking!wie ärgerlich!

provoking

[prəˈvəʊkɪŋ] adjirritante, esasperante
References in classic literature ?
Meg drew her aside, under pretense of pinning up a loose braid, and said approvingly, "It was dreadfully provoking, but you kept your temper, and I'm so glad, Jo.
But in the places where it isn't faded and where the sun is just so--I can see a strange, provoking, formless sort of figure, that seems to skulk about behind that silly and conspicuous front design.
There was something extremely provoking, in this obstinately pacific system; it left Brom no alternative but to draw upon the funds of rustic waggery in his disposition, and to play off boorish practical jokes upon his rival.
You don't know what a provoking, stupid, careless, unreasonable, childish, ungrateful set of wretches they are.
He felt the disappointment of the young man, and was mortified to have been the means of promoting it, by the sanction he had given; and the part which he was persuaded Emma had taken in the affair, was provoking him exceedingly.
The complaints and lamentations which politeness had hitherto restrained, now burst forth universally; and they all agreed again and again how provoking it was to be so disappointed.
Don't start when I chance to speak rather sharply; it's so provoking.
I warn you to refrain from provoking me, or I'll ask your abduction as a special favour
Altogether she was what you would have called provoking, you know; but satisfactory.
It was such a very provoking question (for it had never in the most distant manner occurred to me), that I said, snappishly, "Biddy, what do you mean?
Meanwhile they in thir earthly CANAAN plac't Long time shall dwell and prosper, but when sins National interrupt thir public peace, Provoking God to raise them enemies: From whom as oft he saves them penitent By Judges first, then under Kings; of whom The second, both for pietie renownd And puissant deeds, a promise shall receive Irrevocable, that his Regal Throne For ever shall endure; the like shall sing All Prophecie, That of the Royal Stock Of DAVID (so I name this King) shall rise A Son, the Womans Seed to thee foretold, Foretold to ABRAHAM, as in whom shall trust All Nations, and to Kings foretold, of Kings The last, for of his Reign shall be no end.
Nay, but,'' said the Knight, who seemed to take a pleasure in provoking his quondam host,