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taunt (v.) mid-15c. (implied in tauntingly), possibly [Skeat] from Middle French [...]


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taunt (v.)

mid-15c. (implied in tauntingly), possibly [Skeat] from Middle French tanter, tenter "to tempt, try, provoke,"

provoke (v.)

late 14c., from Old French provoker, provochier (12c., Modern French provoquer) and directly from Latin provocare "call forth, challenge,"

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