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They argue that no crime would have been committed were it not for the agent provocateur.
  a person who spreads dissent and incites trouble; or who creates controversy by engaging in provocative behavior


short for "agent provocateur":  a secret agent who infiltrates an organization of suspected persons and incites them to commit illegal acts so they can be arrested
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  • They argue that no crime would have been committed were it not for the agent provocateur.
  • An agent provocateur infiltrated the organization.
  • performance artist and provocateur
  • "Almost an agent provocateur, wouldn’t you say, Dr. Randall?"
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander

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  • It was plain that Ender was not the provocateur.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • According to her, there wasn’t even a war out there in the provinces, just skirmishes against troublemakers stirred by people she called foreign provocateurs.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • Each new lot would have its quota of provocateurs.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • The Liberals looked upon him as a provocateur.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Their role was to act as agents provocateurs, and they would attempt to push us around, take our food, and inhibit any political discussions we tried to have.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • The orator studied the provocateur’s face, then shifted his gaze to d’Anjou, who stood erect, peering out of his swollen eyes, listening without expression.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy

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  • A priest who was thought to be a revolutionary leader but was an agent provocateur.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • As numbers increased we shifted to high speed on agitprop, black-propaganda rumors, open subversion, provocateur activities, and sabotage.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • Alex Conklin had told them that the Medusan they had trained to go out in deep cover for Carlos the Jackal, an agent provocateur they called Jason Bourne, had lost his memory.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • The People’s Prosecutor, in collaboration with Comrade Mundt, will no doubt consider what action is to be taken against a British agent provocateur and murderer.
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • Provocateurs.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • Stupid rug.) La Senza (sexy underwear for date with James) Agent Provocateur (even sexier underwear for date with James.
    Sophie Kinsella  --  Confessoins of a Shopaholic
  • We’ll find the provocateur, we won’t let him get away.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • Sivobluy had played the role of agent provocateur.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • You are a hired provocateur.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • The chameleon was a … provocateur.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • Treadstone had a willing agent provocateur to go after the Jackal.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • "She called me a provocateur," said Jason, not understanding why the word came back to him.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • We lost the assassin, but we gained a willing, even obsessed provocateur.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • The provocateur.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
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Associated words [difficulty]:   provocateur [6] , provoke [1] , provocation [2] , carte blanche [8] , noblesse oblige [8] , tête-à-tête [8] , piéce de résistance [9]
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