Agent Provocateur Definition

ă-zhäɴ prô-vôkä-tœr
agents-provocateurs, agent-provocateur
noun
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.
American Heritage
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.
Webster's New World
A secret agent of a foreign nation, esp. one who incites citizens to rebellion, illegal acts, etc.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Agent Provocateur

Noun

Singular:
agent provocateur
Plural:
agents-provocateurs

Origin of Agent Provocateur

  • French agent agent provocateur instigator

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

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