Definition of agent provocateur noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

agent provocateur

 noun
noun
NAmE//ˌɑʒɑæɪɡraveːÆ’ proʊˌvɑkəˈtər//
 
(pl. agents provocateurs
NAmE//ˌɑʒɑæɪɡraveːÆ’ proʊˌvɑkəˈtər//
 
)
(also provocateur)(from French)
 
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a person who is employed by a government to encourage people in political groups to do something illegal so that they can be arrested
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