Annoy and Provoke


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Annoy verb – To disturb the peace of mind of (someone) especially by repeated disagreeable acts.
Usage example: deliberately annoyed the elderly neighbor by walking across his lawn

Provoke is a synonym for annoy in irritate topic. In some cases you can use "Provoke" instead a verb "Annoy", when it comes to topics like feeling, badger, vex, offend. popular alternative
Nearby Words: annoyance, annoying
Synonyms for Annoy


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Provoke verb – To rouse to strong feeling or action.
Usage example: bees generally will not sting unless they are provoked

Annoy is a synonym for provoke in feeling topic. You can use "Annoy" instead a verb "Provoke", if it concerns topics such as anger, badger, vex, offend. popular alternative
Nearby Words: provocation, provoking
Synonyms for Provoke

Common collocations

character annoy character provoke character
people annoy people provoke people
husband annoy husband provoke husband
someone annoy someone provoke someone
Other nouns: swarm, death, characters, opponents, enemies.

Both words in one sentence

  • Video Game / Tropico One of the ways to lose the game is to annoy one of the superpowers enough to provoke an invasion.
  • Offing the Annoyance The mook hadn't done anything to provoke or disrespect Faustin in any way, he just seemed to annoy Faustin at that particular moment.
  • Literature / Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser Troll: The Mouser often makes comments deliberately designed to provoke, annoy, harass, or agitate simply for the fun of it.
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