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Her provocative article is sure to create debate.
  tending to provoke, excite, or stimulate — especially controversy, sexual desire, or anger
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  • Her provocative article is sure to create debate.
  • The school bans clothing deemed provocative such as miniskirts.
  • Her theories tend to be more provocative than plausible.
  • a provocative smile

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  • a provocative remark
  • Once Harding asked what manner of cigarette they were smoking that smelled so provocative,
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • The Milwaukee Braves won the World Series, and the hot winds of change that would make the sixties a turbulent, racing, dangerous, and provocative decade had not yet begun to blow full.
    August Wilson  --  Fences
  • the provocative smile on her lips
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die
  • Give them a shout. Something provocative. Intrigue them.
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • Sukeena immediately began dancing in a most fluid, provocative and suggestive manner.
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red

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  • But her sister stared back with sultry eyes, boldly provocative.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • Her manner is open and lightly provocative.
    Peter Shaffer  --  Equus
  • Doubletree Mutt looked into the barn, his big tail waving provocatively, and Jody was so incensed at his health that he found a hard black clod on the floor and deliberately threw it.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Red Pony
  • like provocative music
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Winter Dreams
  • Her mouth curved into a provocative smile.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • She was this very provocative person, and she was trying to get a rise out of me with all these insults-disguised-as-compliments.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • As if realizing the picture might be getting too provocative, Dr. Villalobos turned to the wallscreen.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • I couldn’t help walking around it and reading the provocative stickers.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • She wasn’t sure provocative was a compliment but good story was.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • Judith tipped back her head and smiled up at him provocatively.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • The proportions of the place are all off, and not in a provocative way.
    Holly Goldberg Sloan  --  Counting by 7s
  • Now I am glad not to be wearing the gaudy, provocative clothing that seems to be drawing stares and whispers to Lil and Em.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • The army was seldom more provocative than that.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • She felt unashamedly provocative, conscious of her backside swaying amid the folds of her transparent skirt, attracting the eyes of the bathers umbrella-shrouded along the beach.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Perhaps I should be deliberately provocative, perhaps I should confirm their deepest suspicions.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Your mouth looks provocative when you do.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • He said this in such a taunting and provocative tone I glanced up sharply.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • How Red Beard had waited, surprised the bride as she came in, then moved Kathy Voskuhl into the provocative position between her husband’s legs.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • I’ll never convince anyone of anything if I’m trying to be provocative.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • The girl tribute from District 1, looking provocative in a see-through gold gown, steps up the center of the stage to join Caesar for her interview.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • The next day Danglars was again hungry; certainly the air of that dungeon was very provocative of appetite.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • This with a provocative glance and a gleam of teeth.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • I’d sworn I wouldn’t go past the end of the village, but it’s a woman’s provocative to change her mind.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Or, if his uncle’s brace is such a provocative subject, shouldn’t he have selected it in the first place as his subject—not the farm?
    J.D. Salinger  --  The Catcher in the Rye
  • Besides that, he was beginning to feel for the pretty and provocative Mademoiselle Bourienne that passionate animal feeling which was apt to master him with great suddenness and prompt him to the coarsest and most reckless actions.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • They carried alforjas all of them, and all apparently well filled, at least with things provocative of thirst, such as would summon it from two leagues off.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Inside all that grief she felt when the doctor died, there had been a bit of pique too, as though he had chosen a more interesting subject than life—a more provocative companion than she was—and had deliberately followed death when it beckoned.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • Knowing his desire, she turned her head quickly but smiled provocatively at him out of the corners of her eyes.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • At the time, the ungrammatical and somehow provocative use of "like" instead of "as" created a minor sensation.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • Her round soft face, which had been voluptuous and inviting a few months ago, had already put on the barrier of pregnancy, the self-sufficient smile, the knowing perfection-look; and her plump body—full soft breasts and stomach, hard hips and buttocks that had swung so freely and provocatively as to invite slapping and stroking—her whole body had become demure and serious.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • But now she quite gave up all effort, now it was a grin, a broad grin; there was something shameless, provocative in that quite unchildish face; it was depravity, it was the face of a harlot, the shameless face of a French harlot.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • She spent a lot of her time making unnecessary journeys into the town where, with her good looks and provocative body, she could be sure of admiration, and more, from the young men.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • That’s the vital issue at stake and it’s feasible and would be provocative of friendlier intercourse between man and man.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Around that time a merry, foul-mouthed, provocative woman came to the house to help with the chorea, and she knew how to read the future in cards.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Indeed, all the enjoyments of this period were provocative of tears.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • And I could see her eyes, even as I shut my own, see that taunting, provocative mouth.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • And like a happy child, wanting the completion as soon as possible, and knowing vaguely that Dick had planned for her to have it, she lay on her bed as soon as she got home and wrote Tommy Barban in Nice a short provocative letter.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • "That peasant’s beard’s frozen," Kolya cried in a loud provocative voice as he passed him.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • The behavior, or even the mere presence, of this figure adds a stress to the unstable balance of forces that results in a sudden extreme discharge of violence, similar to the explosion that takes place when a percussion cap ignites a charge of dynamite… The hypothesis of unconscious motivation explains why the murderers perceived innocuous and relatively unknown victims as provocative and thereby suitable targets for aggression.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • She was to him extraordinarily provocative, because of the knowledge she seemed to possess, and gathered fruit of experience he could not attain.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
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