Provoke

provoked | 2019-10-14 19:07:26

Recent Examples on the Web

The young sculptor Davina Semo’s heavy bronze bells are a thought-provoking complement to a four-decade spread of paintings by Deborah Remington, who died in 2010. Will Heinrich, New York Times, "Summer Art Trek: Gallery Hopping in the Hudson Valley," 8 Aug. 2019 There are Toy Story touches from former Washington designer Rick Singleton, who transforms Erector Sets, among other ingredients, into eye-catching, thought-provoking art. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Like a good neighbor, Evening Star is still there," 7 Aug. 2019 The iconoclastic writer/director’s stamp is all over his ninth film (★★★ out of four; rated R; in theaters nationwide Friday), Tarantino's signature style and humor melding with violence, a little melancholy and thought-provoking character drama. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Review: 'Once Upon A Time in Hollywood' is a fairy tale only Quentin Tarantino could tell," 23 July 2019 From rainbow-generating waterfalls to a hypnotic fog tunnel, the show is both sensory and thought-provoking. Jaimie Potters, ELLE Decor, "Where Design Lovers Should Explore in London This Summer," 23 July 2019 Director/screenwriter Daniel Schechter’s topical family drama is funny, touching and thought-provoking, a confident feature that doesn’t need to wrap all situations up neatly. Randy Myers, The Mercury News, "SF Jewish Film Fest 2019 — 7 movies you need to see," 17 July 2019 The narrative twists and trapdoors in making Woody more cognizant of his own existence, and his wants and desires, are equal parts stress-inducing and thought-provoking for those of us who have grown attached to the pull-string cowboy. Allegra Frank, Vox, "All 21 Pixar movies, definitively ranked," 27 June 2019 Conferences, work meetings, parties, and even idle chit-chat with strangers can be anxiety-provoking. Cassie Werber, Quartz at Work, "How to have great conversations with strangers," 25 June 2019 My National Geographic trip was such an educational and thought-provoking experience.National Geographic, "Namibia High School Expedition," 17 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'provoke.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Provoke

Recent Examples on the Web

The young sculptor Davina Semo’s heavy bronze bells are a thought-provoking complement to a four-decade spread of paintings by Deborah Remington, who died in 2010. Will Heinrich, New York Times, "Summer Art Trek: Gallery Hopping in the Hudson Valley," 8 Aug. 2019 There are Toy Story touches from former Washington designer Rick Singleton, who transforms Erector Sets, among other ingredients, into eye-catching, thought-provoking art. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Like a good neighbor, Evening Star is still there," 7 Aug. 2019 The iconoclastic writer/director’s stamp is all over his ninth film (★★★ out of four; rated R; in theaters nationwide Friday), Tarantino's signature style and humor melding with violence, a little melancholy and thought-provoking character drama. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Review: 'Once Upon A Time in Hollywood' is a fairy tale only Quentin Tarantino could tell," 23 July 2019 From rainbow-generating waterfalls to a hypnotic fog tunnel, the show is both sensory and thought-provoking. Jaimie Potters, ELLE Decor, "Where Design Lovers Should Explore in London This Summer," 23 July 2019 Director/screenwriter Daniel Schechter’s topical family drama is funny, touching and thought-provoking, a confident feature that doesn’t need to wrap all situations up neatly. Randy Myers, The Mercury News, "SF Jewish Film Fest 2019 — 7 movies you need to see," 17 July 2019 The narrative twists and trapdoors in making Woody more cognizant of his own existence, and his wants and desires, are equal parts stress-inducing and thought-provoking for those of us who have grown attached to the pull-string cowboy. Allegra Frank, Vox, "All 21 Pixar movies, definitively ranked," 27 June 2019 Conferences, work meetings, parties, and even idle chit-chat with strangers can be anxiety-provoking. Cassie Werber, Quartz at Work, "How to have great conversations with strangers," 25 June 2019 My National Geographic trip was such an educational and thought-provoking experience.National Geographic, "Namibia High School Expedition," 17 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'provoke.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Provoke

to anger, enrage, exasperate, or vex.

to stir up, arouse, or call forth (feelings, desires, or activity): The mishap provoked a hearty laugh.

to incite or stimulate (a person, animal, etc.) to action.

to give rise to, induce, or bring about: What could have provoked such an incident?

to anger or infuriate

to cause to act or behave in a certain manner; incite or stimulate

to promote (certain feelings, esp anger, indignation, etc) in a person

Provoked

to anger, enrage, exasperate, or vex.

to stir up, arouse, or call forth (feelings, desires, or activity): The mishap provoked a hearty laugh.

to incite or stimulate (a person, animal, etc.) to action.

to give rise to, induce, or bring about: What could have provoked such an incident?

to anger or infuriate

to cause to act or behave in a certain manner; incite or stimulate

to promote (certain feelings, esp anger, indignation, etc) in a person

Provoked: A True Story (2006)

The people behind this movie are the ones who should have been set on fire. It's that bad.

The (they claim it's all true) story of an Asian woman in Britain who set her husband on fire because he treated her badly. She eventually becomes a cause celebre because of the incident.

The movie itself is full of melodrama, from over acting to cheesy music, tear-jerking scenes of women bonding in prison, it's a real soap opera. There isn't anything original here, this was all done during the 80's with the "burning bed" movie. It's so one sided that any Asian male who buys into it is probably sleeping out in the garage, in a locked car, after carefully hiding the gasoline can. There is no attempt at all to be objective, or to point out that setting someone on fire isn't a good solution to your marital difficulties.

The problem here is the message: it's OK to set your spouse on fire if they don't treat you well. Never mind the fact that you could just leave, or turn him in to the police, or a hundred other options. This film would have you believe that it's not only OK to set him on fire, it's your moral obligation and you will be a heroine to women everywhere if you do so.

Even if you think it's a good idea to initiate spontaneous combustion of your spouse, and I grant that there may be some who could benefit from that, this movie isn't realistic at all. I'm not reaching for realism in my entertainment, but when you claim it's a true story - try for some truth. Only die hard haters of the male gender could enjoy this, and possibly not all of those. If you have any objectivity at all you'll finish by hating this movie. If you enjoy decent movies, you'll finish by hating this one. And if you have any regard for the opposite gender whatsoever, you'll hate this movie.

provoke

Anything that brings about a strong reaction can be said to provoke. You can provoke that lion if you want. But if he responds by attacking, don't come running to me.

Let's consider some people who have been known to provoke. Lenny Bruce, was more than just a comedian. He was a "provocateur" who used humor to deliver his controversial diatribes. Humor was his way to provoke people to think. Madonna made her name not only by producing a memorable catalogue of great pop songs, she proved herself to be a master at provoking people through her outrageous attire and lyrics. The moral of this story? It's possible to provoke both positive and negative responses.

PROVOKE

On the other hand, such policies have provoked grassroot activism and stimulated senior organisations in quite a few countries.

Streumer seems to be aware that agglomeration has provoked some philosophical controversy.

The real-time heat of live performing is an especially handy crucible for raising awareness and provoking people to action.

Structures are important ways of articulating ideas, or of provoking ideas.

Thenceforth it could be invoked without being argued for, at least until the major reassessment of strategy provoked by the failure of the 1848 revolutions.

There is some suggestion that these forces are provoking a move away from the gender regime associated with conservative-capitalist welfare states.

The composer is ultimately bound to and provoked by the sound sources they employ, a concern that is sadly not explored by the author.

With much transport also diverted, this provoked widespread disruption in other economic activities.

At the same time, he also displayed characteristic political cunning, knowing just how far he could go without provoking a destructive counter-reaction.

With nearly half of all constituencies contested, the election dramatically confirmed the extent to which divergent religious sensibilities provoked opposing political affiliations.

On primary exposure they observed an inflammatory reaction provoked by developing larvae, their excretory/secretory products and sheaths left behind after moulting.

Indeed, wage competition and glaring disparities in working conditions not only quickened labour mobility but also provoked industrial action.

The relationship between begging, homelessness and drug use has provoked particular controversy in recent years.

In some villages, one candidacy was so weak that its supporters refrained from provoking any fight.

We do not know what provoked this new warning.