Word of the Day: Provocateur

pro·vo·ca·teur

noun \prō-ˌvä-kə-ˈtər\

 

Definition of PROVOCATEUR

2:  one who provokes <a political provocateur>

Examples of PROVOCATEUR

  1. <a calculating, right-wing provocateur, she has made a career out of controversy for its own sake>

First Known Use of PROVOCATEUR

1919
 

agent pro·vo·ca·teur

noun \ˈä-ˌzhäⁿ-prō-ˌvä-kə-ˈtər, ˈā-jənt-\

: a person employed to encourage people to break the law so that they can be arrested

plural agents provocateurs
 

Full Definition of AGENT PROVOCATEUR

:  one employed to associate with suspected persons and by pretending sympathy with their aims to incite them to some incriminating action

Examples of AGENT PROVOCATEUR

  1. The government used agents provocateurs to try to undermine the opposition party.

Origin of AGENT PROVOCATEUR

French, literally, provoking agent

First Known Use: 1877
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