provoke


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Synonyms for provoke

Synonyms for provoke

to cause to feel or show anger

to trouble the nerves or peace of mind of, especially by repeated vexations

to behave so as to bring on (danger, for example)

Synonyms for provoke

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Bell Laboratories introduces its newest product to help PMPs control rats, PROVOKE Professional Rat Attractant, a food-based gel which entices rats to rat traps.
Previous rounds of outsourcing did not provoke the heated cries for intervention we hear today now that demographic samples among computer engineers and mid-management are exploring the dark side of globalization.
Respiratory problems have also been associated with exposure to water-damaged buildings during reconstruction, and mycobacteria isolated from materials from such buildings have been shown to provoke inflammatory reactions.
That is, some adjuvants may have the ability to confer on inherently nonallergenic proteins the potential to provoke IgE antibody production, thereby generating what are in effect false-positive responses.
It remains unclear to what extent running-related gastroesophageal reflux provokes these symptoms.
The story is one of zoo buildings and parks changing to give an impression of apparent liberty; as the authors observe, 'While cage d animals, imprisoned and diminished, provoke mockery, species in semi-liberty retain their dignity and arouse interest'.
I'VE ridden four St Leger winners - Bustino, Light Cavalry and Cut Above were the final three, but the first one, Provoke for Dick Hern, was my most memorable.
Although more than 200 food ingredients can provoke an allergic reaction, the vast majority are caused by the "big eight": nuts (like walnuts and almonds), peanuts (they're legumes, not nuts), milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, soybeans, and wheat.
Thus "Goliath Poem" offers sympathy for all the "big men" of the world who, like the nemesis of Faye Wray, or the Biblical Esau, cheated out of an inheritance, provoke, and are themselves provoked, to violence.
But Ellwood's vision of a national patient database did not provoke ridicule or outrage.
It is a stressful and frustrating situation that can provoke violent, aggressive, and exhibitionist reactions .
The plausibility of this scenario, and the desirability of formulating the best alternative to our current failed policy, means that that the following four issues deserve serious consideration: What strategies are likely to provoke discontinuous change in drug policy?
These substances, when they provoke an allergic reaction, become known as allergens.
Such symbolic losses can provoke as real a grief reaction as any tangible loss, requiring significant grief work for effective reorientation.