agent provocateura·gent pro·vo·ca·teur
nounpl. agents′ pro·vo·ca·teurs′
- a person hired to join a labor union, political party, etc. in order to incite its members to actions that will make them or their organization liable to penalty
- a secret agent of a foreign nation, esp. one who incites citizens to rebellion, illegal acts, etc.
Origin of agent provocateurFrench from agent, an agent + provocateur, provoking, provocative
nounpl. a·gents pro·vo·ca·teurs,
A person employed to associate with suspected individuals or groups with the purpose of inciting them to commit acts that will make them liable to punishment.
Origin of agent provocateurFrench agent agent provocateur instigator