provocative

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

provocative (comparative more provocative, superlative most provocative)

  1. Serving or tending to provoke, excite, or stimulate; exciting.

Translations[edit]

Noun[edit]

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 [...].

Latin[edit]

Adjective[edit]

prōvocātīve

  1. vocative masculine singular of prōvocātīvus