provocative

Part of speech: noun

That which provokes.

Part of speech: adjective

Serving to provoke.

Part of speech: noun

That which provokes, or tends to provoke or stimulate.

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Usage examples "provocative":

  1. Girls with improbable complexions and sophisticated eyes sent Johnny curious glances and provocative smiles when their companions were not looking. - "The Thunder Bird", B. M. Bower.
  2. Like the subject of servants, it is as provocative of conversation as classical music. - "Abroad with the Jimmies", Lilian Bell.
  3. They sing, and play various instruments, accompanying the music with the most voluptuous and licentious dances and attitudes; but woe to the man who would obtain from these Bayaderes any boon beyond their provocative exhibition. - "The Life of Sir Richard Burton", Thomas Wright.