I am looking for the word that describes a situation similar to this:

A person is not angry and is minding his own business, but then someone comes up and starts annoying the person by repeatedly asking him if he is angry. Due to the constant annoying behaviour, the person who was not angry became angry.

  • @Rudra, Is this person doing it on purpose or are they just over-conscientious? – Jim Jan 28 '19 at 5:29
  • Yes, on purpose. – Rudra Pratap Sinha Jan 28 '19 at 13:33
  • Hi Rudra, welcome to EL&U. You might not be aware that there are strict rules for single-word-requests: "To ensure your question is not closed as off-topic, please be specific about the intended use of the word. You must include a sample sentence demonstrating how the word would be used." You can add this using the edit link. For further guidance, see How to Ask, and make sure you also take the EL&U Tour :-) – Chappo Says SE Dudded Monica Jan 28 '19 at 13:36
  • This sounds like a Monty Python sketch... – Cascabel Oct 25 '19 at 13:40


bait verb [ T ] (MAKE ANGRY) ​

to intentionally make a person angry by saying or doing things to annoy them:

  • What the OP is asking about may be a form of a baiting, in this sense, in so far as calling somebody angry may, in fact, annoy him, but it is only one of its forms. There is an aspect of a self-fulfilling prophecy in the phenomenon that the OP is asking about, and baiting does not capture that. – jsw29 Jan 28 '19 at 5:06

I think, "to anger" suits.

According to Merriam-Webster's Dictionary https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anger:


transitive verb

: to make (someone) angry

// He was angered  by the decision

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