agent provocateura·gent pro·vo·ca·teur
pl. 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.