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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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If the Countryside Alliance should resort to civil disobedience, I wonder if Her Majesty's government would deploy the same numbers of police and agents provocateur as were used against the mine workers when they demonstrated against the loss of their livelihoods.
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"At no point did Surete du Quebec policemen act as agents provocateurs or criminals." The video footage of the incident appears to offer strong contradictory evidence to that denial.

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