What is provoke?

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List Of Magic: The Gathering Keywords - Keywords From Expert-Level Expansions (mechanics) - Provoke
... When a creature with provoke attacks, its controller may have target creature the defending player controls untap (if it is tapped) and block the attacking creature if the chosen creature is able to do so ... choose a creature that can't block the creature with provoke ... Provoke is cumulative, though no creature has more than one instance of it ...

More definitions of "provoke":

  • (verb): Provide the needed stimulus for.
    Synonyms: stimulate

Famous quotes containing the word provoke:

    I am sorry to think that you do not get a man’s most effective criticism until you provoke him. Severe truth is expressed with some bitterness.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    One cannot be a good historian of the outward, visible world without giving some thought to the hidden, private life of ordinary people; and on the other hand one cannot be a good historian of this inner life without taking into account outward events where these are relevant. They are two orders of fact which reflect each other, which are always linked and which sometimes provoke each other.
    Victor Hugo (1802–1885)

    What avails it that you are a Christian, if you are not purer than the heathen, if you deny yourself no more, if you are not more religious? I know of many systems of religion esteemed heathenish whose precepts fill the reader with shame, and provoke him to new endeavors, though it be to the performance of rites merely.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)