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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.]
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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
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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]
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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.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
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
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Translations

agent provocateur

[ˈæʒɑ̃ːprɒvɒkəˈtɜːʳ] Nagente mf provocador(a)
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agent provocateur

n pl <-s -s> → Agent provocateur m, → Lockspitzel m
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

agent provocateur

[aʒɑ̃ prɔvɔkatœr] nagente m provocatore
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
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The root cause of terrorism is the extremism being fanned in the local populace by agents provocateurs to promote the agenda of Pakistan's enemies.
"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.
Though often dismissed as an erratic flibbertigibbet, Jean Cocteau was one of the twentieth century's great agents provocateurs. He spanned the worlds of Proust and Picasso, Diaghilev and Warhol, Stravinsky and Piaf, animating them all with his imaginative, insatiably inventive spirit.

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