verb call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
raise; fire; enkindle; elicit; arouse; evoke; kindle; provoke.
- arouse pity
- raise a smile
- evoke sympathy
verb evoke or provoke to appear or occur
provoke; evoke; call forth; kick up.
- Her behavior provoked a quarrel between the couple
verb provide the needed stimulus for
verb annoy continually or chronically
beset; chivy; chevy; chevvy; harass; hassle; chivvy; harry; plague; molest; provoke.
- He is known to harry his staff when he is overworked
- This man harasses his female co-workers
adjective satellite causing or tending to cause anger or resentment
- a provoking delay at the airport
- Having the power or quality of exciting resentment; tending to awaken passion or vexation; as, provoking words or treatment. -- Pro*vok"ing*ly, adv.
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"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."
-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.
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