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Word: provocative

Definition: arousing anger or sexual interest; annoying; Ex. provocative in tight jeans; V. provoke: incite to anger; cause (an unpleasant action or feeling); N. provocation


Sentences Containing 'provocative'

The next day Danglars was again hungry; certainly the air of that dungeon was very provocative of appetite.
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.
If your worship would like a drop, sound though warm, I have a gourd here full of the best, and some scraps of Tronchon cheese that will serve as a provocative and wakener of your thirst if so be it is asleep."
I was at first at a great loss for salt, but custom soon reconciled me to the want of it; and I am confident that the frequent use of salt among us is an effect of luxury, and was first introduced only as a provocative to drink, except where it is necessary for preserving flesh in long voyages, or in places remote from great markets; for we observe no animal to be fond of it but man, and as to myself, when I left this country, it was a great while before I could endure the taste of it in anything that I ate.

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::: veneer - thin surface layer (of good quality wood, glued to a base of inferior material); cover; surface show; fa\c{c}ade; V.
::: galvanic - of the production of electricity by the action of an acid on a metal; having the effect of an electric shock; Ex. galvanic cell; galvanic effect; CF. Luigi Galvani
::: proximity - nearness; ADJ. proximate
::: malapropos - inappropriate; ADV.
::: mishap - unfortunate accident
::: gape - open widely; open the mouth wide; stare wonderingly with the mouth open; CF. agape
::: efface - rub out; remove the surface of
::: strew - spread randomly; sprinkle; scatter; Ex. flower girl strewing rose petals
::: muster - gather; assemble (troops); Ex. muster up one's strength for the ordeal; N.