provocative


provocative
I adjective aggravating, alluring, annoying, arousing, attractive, bellicose, captivating, challenging, defiant, desirable, electric, electrifying, enchanting, entrancing, exasperating, exciting, galling, galvanic, galvanical, grating, inciting, inflaming, inflammatory, influential, inspirational, interesting, intoxicating, intriguing, invidious, inviting, irksome, irresistible, irritating, motivating, persuasive, piquant, provoking, ravishing, seductive, stimulating, stimulative, stirring, suggestive, tantalizing, tempting, thrilling, titillating, urgent, vexatious, vexing II index catalyst, impertinent (insolent), incentive, inducement, invitation, moving (evoking emotion), offensive (taking the initiative), persuasive, presumptuous, provocation, salacious, sapid, suggestive (evocative), suggestive (risqué), vexatious

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  • Provocative — Pro*vo ca*tive, n. Anything that is provocative; a stimulant; as, a provocative of appetite. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • provocative — [adj1] aggravating annoying, challenging, disturbing, exciting, galling, goading, heady, incensing, inciting, influential, inspirational, insulting, intoxicating, offensive, outrageous, provoking, pushing, spurring, stimulant, stimulating;… …   New thesaurus

  • Provocative — Pro*vo ca*tive, a. [L. provocativus: cf. OF. provocatif.] Serving or tending to provoke, excite, or stimulate; exciting. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • provocative — early 15c., from obsolete Fr. provocatif (15c.), from L.L. provocativus, from L. provocare (see PROVOKE (Cf. provoke)). Specifically of sexual desire from 1620s. Related: Provocatively …   Etymology dictionary

  • provocative — ► ADJECTIVE 1) deliberately causing annoyance or anger. 2) deliberately arousing sexual desire or interest. DERIVATIVES provocatively adverb provocativeness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • provocative — [prə väk′ə tiv, prōväk′ə tiv] adj. [ME prouocatyue, aphrodisiac < LL provocativus < L provocare: see PROVOKE] provoking or tending to provoke, as to action, thought, feeling, etc.; stimulating, erotic, irritating, etc. n. something that… …   English World dictionary

  • provocative — pro|voc|a|tive [prəˈvɔkətıv US ˈva: ] adj 1.) provocative behaviour, remarks etc are intended to make people angry or upset, or to cause a lot of discussion provocative comment/remark/statement ▪ The minister s provocative remarks were widely… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • provocative — [[t]prəvɒ̱kətɪv[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED If you describe something as provocative, you mean that it is intended to make people react angrily or argue against it. He has made a string of outspoken and sometimes provocative speeches in recent years...… …   English dictionary

  • provocative — adj. 1 intending to cause an argument VERBS ▪ be, seem ▪ consider sth ADVERB ▪ extremely, fairly, very, etc …   Collocations dictionary

  • provocative — adjective 1 provocative behaviour, remarks etc are intended to make people angry or to cause a lot of discussion: Some would say he wrote a deliberately provocative book. 2 provocative clothes, movements etc are intended to make someone sexually… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English


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