provoke (v.) Look up provoke at Dictionary.com
late 14c., from Old French provoker, provochier (12c., Modern French provoquer) and directly from Latin provocare "call forth, challenge," from pro "forth" (from PIE root *per- (1) "forward") + vocare "to call" (from PIE root *wekw- "to speak"). Related: Provoked; provoking.