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agent provocateurnoun [C]

uk   /ˌæʒ.ɑ̃ː.prəˌvɒk.əˈtɜːr/  us   /ˌɑːʒ.ɑ̃ː.proʊˌvɑː.kəˈtɝː/ (plural agents provocateurs uk   /ˌæʒ.ɑ̃ː.prəˌvɒk.əˈtɜːr/  us   /ˌɑːʒ.ɑ̃ː.proʊˌvɑː.kəˈtɝː/ )
a ​person who ​intentionallyencouragespeople to do something ​illegal so that they can be ​caught
(Definition of agent provocateur from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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