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provocative

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle French provocatif, and its source, Late Latin provocativus, from provocare.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

provocative (comparative more provocative, superlative most provocative)

  1. Serving or tending to elicit a strong, often negative sentiment in another person; exasperating.
  2. Serving or tending to excite, stimulate or arouse sexual interest.

TranslationsEdit

NounEdit

provocative (plural provocatives)

  1. (now historical) Something that provokes an appetite, especially a sexual appetite; an aphrodisiac. [from 15th c.]
    • 1723, Charles Walker, Memoirs of the Life of Sally Salisbury:
      She used by way of Provocative, to read the wanton Verses of her Paramour in the day time [...].

LatinEdit

AdjectiveEdit

prōvocātīve

  1. vocative masculine singular of prōvocātīvus