Synonyms for provocateur

Grammar : Noun
Spell : pruh-vok-uh-tur, -too r; French praw-vaw-ka-r
Phonetic Transcription : prəˌvɒk əˈtɜr, -ˈtʊər; French prɔ vɔ kaˈtœr

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Définition of provocateur

Origin :
  • 1915 (Emma Goldman), shortened form of agent provocateur "person hired to make trouble" (1845), from French provocateur, from Latin provocator "challenger," from provocare "to call out" (see provoke).
  • As in instigator : noun troublemaker
  • As in inciter : noun agitator
  • As in agent provocateur : noun secret agent
  • As in agitator : noun person who disturbs, causes trouble
Example sentences :
  • The Whites put up a provocateur as before a pogrom in Russia.
  • Extract from : « The Soul of John Brown » by Stephen Graham
  • The provocateur is rewarded with greater liberty and special privileges.
  • Extract from : « Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist » by Alexander Berkman
  • A few detectives had also managed to find their way here, and there was even one provocateur.
  • Extract from : « The Created Legend » by Feodor Sologub
  • You had to point out to them several times that it was Oswald who was the Castro provocateur, so to say, and not you?
  • Extract from : « Warren Commission (10 of 26): Hearings Vol. X (of 15) » by The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • The tricked boys now swear vengeance upon the provocateur, but "Dutch" is missing from the range.
  • Extract from : « Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist » by Alexander Berkman
  • More than once the charge of being a provocateur was leveled at Lenine and at Trotzky, but without justification, apparently.
  • Extract from : « Bolshevism » by John Spargo

Antonyms for provocateur

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