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