Synonyms of provoke in English:

provoke


See definition of provoke

verb

1‘a planned golf course has provoked anger among locals’

SYNONYMS

arouse, produce, evoke, cause, give rise to, occasion, call forth, draw forth, elicit, induce, inspire, excite, spark off, touch off, kindle, generate, engender, instigate, result in, lead to, bring on, contribute to, make for, foster, promote, breed, precipitate, prompt, trigger

literary beget, enkindle

ANTONYMS

allay

2‘he might be provoked into making remarks he'd regret’

SYNONYMS

goad, spur, prick, sting, prod, egg on, hound, badger, incite, rouse, stir, move, stimulate, motivate, excite, inflame, fire up, work up, impel, pressure, pressurize, prompt, induce, encourage, urge, inspire

ANTONYMS

deter

3‘he thought that I was trying to provoke him’

SYNONYMS

annoy, make angry, anger, incense, enrage, send into a rage, irritate, infuriate, exasperate, exacerbate, madden, pique, nettle, get a rise out of, take a rise out of, bother, upset, agitate, vex, irk, gall, get someone's back up, put someone's back up, get on someone's nerves, ruffle, ruffle someone's feathers, make someone's hackles rise, raise someone's hackles, make someone's blood boil, rub up the wrong way, put someone out

harass, harry, plague, molest

tease, taunt, torment

affront, insult, offend

informal peeve, aggravate, hassle, miff, rile, needle, get, get to, bug, hack off, get under someone's skin, get in someone's hair, get up someone's nose, get someone's goat, get across someone

British informal get on someone's wick, give someone the hump, wind up, nark

North American informal rankle, ride, gravel

vulgar slang piss off

British vulgar slang get on someone's tits

ANTONYMS

pacify, appease