Agent-provocateur meaning

ă-zhäɴ prô-vôkä-tœr
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.
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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.
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A secret agent of a foreign nation, esp. one who incites citizens to rebellion, illegal acts, etc.
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Origin of agent-provocateur

  • French agent agent provocateur instigator

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition