Bait and Provoke


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Bait verb – To attack repeatedly with mean put-downs or insults.
Provoke and bait are semantically related. in tease topic. In some cases you can use "Provoke" instead a verb "Bait", when it comes to topics like taunt, needle.
Nearby Words: baited, baiting, baiter, baity
Synonyms for Bait


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Provoke verb – To rouse to strong feeling or action.
Bait and provoke are semantically related. Sometimes you can use "Bait" instead a verb "Provoke".
Nearby Words: provocation, provoking
Synonyms for Provoke

Common collocations

character bait character provoke character
target bait target provoke target
enemy bait enemy provoke enemy
attacks bait attacks provoke attacks
Other nouns: opponents, enemies, monsters.

Both words in one sentence

  • Comic Book / Suicide Squad Deadshot refuses to fall to the bait, knowing he'd survive any mission he'd go on, and attempting to provoke Tiger into killing him.
  • Troll In Fritz Leiber's Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser series, The Mouser frequently makes comments designed to provoke, bait, annoy, or harass, solely for the fun of it.
    Source: Troll
  • You're Insane! After the Final Boss of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance reveals his Knight Templar rationale for starting a war with Pakistan to provoke the American government's collapse and rebirth, Raiden replies with the ultimate Bait-and-Switch Comment
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